Russia Issues Threat To President Trump

The never-ending chatter about alleged Russian interference into the 2016 US presidential election has forced Congress to act. A bill was passed last week that will impose new sanctions on the country. In response, Russia has called for the US to cut its diplomatic staff in the nation, and the country announced plans to seize a pair of US properties. To say that tensions are high between the countries would be an understatement.

As Yahoo shares, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, and he fanned the flames even further.

"If the US side decides to move further towards further deterioration, we will answer, we will respond in kind," he said. "We will mirror this. We will retaliate. ... But my whole point is, don't do this, it is to the detriment of the interests of the US."

As Ryabkov sees it, retaliation by Russia has been a long time coming.

"I think this retaliation is long, long overdue," he continued. "After the Senate, the day before yesterday voted, or rather on the 27th of July voted so overwhelmingly on a completely weird and unacceptable piece of legislation, it was the last drop."

He declined to offer up specific details on what may be coming down the road, but it certainly sounds like there’s a lot of balloons in the air.

"It would be ridiculous on my part to start speculating on what may or may not happen," Ryabkov added. “We are not gamblers ... But I can assure you that different options are on the table and consideration is being given to all sorts of things."

Despite the tough talk, Ryabkov notes that the sanctions and subsequent response has not altered the working relationship between the two countries to the point that things are untenable.

"All the information which we provide to anyone can be easily found in open sources,” he said. “We are not doing anything to the detriment of the domestic developments or internal affairs of any country, the US included."

We’ll have to wait and see how this ultimately plays out, but it’s quite clear that allegations over Russian interference has advanced beyond the talking stage.

“The United States-Russia relationship has become increasingly strained in the wake of U.S. intelligence agencies conclusion that the Kremlin interfered in the U.S. election to discredit Hillary Clinton and help President Donald Trump win the election. Russia has denied meddling in the U.S. election,” Yahoo reports. “Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race and whether or not Trump's campaign may have colluded with Russia - an allegation that Trump and his associates have staunchly denied.”

Regardless of the allegations leveled against Russia, there has yet to be any evidence presented that even a single vote was altered as a result of Russian efforts. Nonetheless, there has been so much chatter about it that something had to be done, even if it amounts to nothing more than tough talk to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future.

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