Vladimir Putin Denies Expulsion of 35 US Diplomats From Russia

President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies.

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US President Barack Obama extends his hand to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the UNGA in New York in October 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

President Vladimir Putin refrained on Friday from retaliating for the United State of America’s expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies, putting the onus on Donald Trump to help solve a crisis over Russian cyber attacks when he takes over the White House next month.

As a Sunday deadline approached for dozens of Russians to leave the United States, Putin said he would wait for the actions of Trump, who takes office on 20 January, before responding.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the agencies as saying he had proposed the measures to President Vladimir Putin.

This reports come after President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking US political groups in the 2016 presidential election.

Lavrov said Russia would not leave the sanctions unanswered and said that allegations that Russia interfered in US elections were baseless.

Trump Praises 'Very Smart' Putin

The US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised the "delay" by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently referring to Putin's refusal to retaliate for the US expulsion of 35 Russians over their alleged involvement in hacking political groups before the 8 November presidential election.

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