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Russia Says It Won't Retaliate Against US Over Recent Sanctions

Russia's Vladimir Putin said despite the U.S. response to the alleged election meddling, he wouldn't expel American diplomats from his country.
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Russia Says It Won't Retaliate Against US Over Recent Sanctions

Russia will not expel U.S. diplomats over recently imposed U.S. sanctions — at least for now.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement Friday that despite the "unfriendly" and "provocative" measures the U.S. has taken against the country's alleged election interference, Russia will not create problems for U.S. diplomats or their families.

Earlier this week, a U.S. government report showed two groups of hackers affiliated with Russia carried out a spearphishing campaign that compromised both the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Spearphishing campaigns send users specifically tailored messages to trick them into opening harmful links or files. The hackers used fake websites and emails that looked convincing to steal user credentials and install malware.

After the report came out, the Obama administration took action against Russia. President Barack Obama kicked out 35 Russian officials from the country and sanctioned Russian intelligence agencies and officials.

Putin said though Russia has "the right to retaliate," it will instead make plans to restore relations based on the policies of the incoming Trump administration.