U.S. President Barack Obama Orders Action Against Russia

In Politics by Dusty Croghan

Per the White House: Today, President Obama authorized actions in response to the allegations including the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election.

The State Department declared 35 Russian government officials from the Russian Embassy in Washington and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco “persona non grata.” Claiming they were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status. Those individuals and their families were given 72 hours to leave the United States.

In addition to this action, the Department of State has provided notice that as of noon on Friday, December 30, Russian access will be denied to two Russian government-owned compounds, one in Maryland and one in New York.

Over the past two years the U.S. claims harassment of diplomatic personnel in Russia by security personnel and police has increased significantly and gone far beyond international diplomatic norms of behavior and have also claimed that other Western Embassies have reported similar concerns.