Russia says Washington's expulsion of 35 suspected spies and the imposition of sanctions over the U.S. presidential election hacking allegations will not be left unanswered, but Vladimir Putin rules out expelling U.S. diplomats for now. Lucy Fielder reports.
U.S. sanctions on Russia "won't go unanswered", Moscow says. The Kremlin's swift reaction on Friday to Barack Obama's expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies and his imposition of sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies. Washington accuses them of hacking U.S. political groups to meddle in November's presidential election. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denying that charge. It's a post-Cold War nadir in U.S.-Russian ties. But President Vladimir Putin ruled out retaliating by expelling U.S. diplomats, saying he'll consider the actions of his incoming U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, before taking action. Many in Trump's Republican Party have praised the sanctions though, calling them long overdue. Trump could face an internal battle if he wants to undo one of the most sweeping acts of Obama's tenure.