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U.S. Sanctions Russia; Putin To Retaliate

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Following Donald Trump’s underdog election victory over Hillary Clinton to secure the White House, a lot of chatter was aimed at leaked emails which hurt the Clinton campaign. Rumors abounded that the Russian government interfered with the election by hacking Clinton’s emails and releasing those emails strategically to maximize the effect of the leak and help Trump win office. Now, those rumors have been verified by the government and President Obama has retaliated by issuing executive orders to grant more authority for sanctions against Russia. How will Russia respond? What can investors expect as a result?

Russia Has Been Sanctioned By The USA, But Will Putin Retaliate? How?

On Thursday, President Obama hammered Russia with sanctions stemming from the U.S. government’s determination that Russian intelligence used cyber attacks to affect the course of the U.S. presidential election. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he would retaliate in a way which would create “considerable discomfort in the same areas” for the U.S. What exactly were Obama’s sanctions? Will Putin risk a warming relationship with the incoming president?

Obama sanctioned nine entities and individuals — two Russian intelligence services (the GRU and the FSB); four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations. In addition, the Department of the Treasury is designating two Russian individuals under a pre-existing portion of a former Executive Order for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information. As a result, all sanctioned Russians and their families were given 72 hours to leave the U.S. The Department of State is also denying Russian access to two Russian government-owned compounds in Maryland and New York. Additionally, the U.S. government will also issue a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI containing declassified technical information on malicious Russian cyber activity.

Obama did not hold back on sanctions, saying the Russian government tried to interfere with the most democratic aspect of U.S. life. Russia has denied any involvement, but Putin has said he will formulate a plan to retaliate in the same areas. However, Trump has, on several occasions, praised Putin and Russia. With Trump being sworn into office in one month, Putin may actually show restraint and hold off on retaliation. Or he may retaliate in a less severe manner. Trump can overturn Obama’s, but the current administration is strongly urging him to not do so.

Here’s a report from CBS News regarding Putin’s reaction to U.S. sanctions:

In all likelihood, tensions will heat up over the next month, and start to cool once Trump takes office. Removing Obama’s sanctions won’t be high on Trump’s list, but he’ll find a quiet way to do so. In the meantime, what is more likely than Russian sanctions against American diplomats and individuals in Russia is stricter enforcement of policy on American companies within Russia. Investors can expect rising hostility to spill over into the market with American companies in Russia and Russian companies traded publicly, such as Mechel PAO (MTL) and Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (MBT) to see shares slide down.

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  • Lorraine E says:

    The appointed president along with his comrade, crooked hillary, have been lusting to start a war with Russia for a long time. The name of their game is to repeat their lie that Russia interfered with the presidential elections often enough so that the sheeple will believe it. Of course, the sheeple get their 24/7 brain washing from BHO’s corporate press and if they are told a LIE often enough they will believe it. The fact remains that Wiki Leaks received podesta’s irrefutable emails from inside our own security people who were thoroughly disgusted with crooked hillary’s disregard for our county’s security. Those who appointed BHO will be very proud of their boy if he does in fact create a war with Russia and we, the people, will suffer the consequences. Although a war with Russia will be another problem created for Donald Trump by the muslim in chief.

  • HOFFHACK says:

    Vladimir is too old a bunny to let this brown clown mess things up at this juncture! He knows that Obama is a spent force, writhing in his death throws. And, our guys in Moscow (In January) would probably welcome a months vacation so they can come home and warm up!
    If I were Putin, I would really stick it to Obama and come right out and say: “MR. Obama! You are finished and your days are numbered! I am not going to play your silly tit for tat game! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e166462f9b5d3658cb361ff13a650b71a958f0248776c55cf074f8afc696e31b.jpg THE WORLD WILL BE GLAD TO SEE YOU LEAVE! THEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND I CAN GET DOWN TO SOME SERIOUS WORK!” Vladimir Putin

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