A new crisis is looming the USA and Russia. It has been brewing since the U.S. presidential election November amid accusations Hillary Clinton's team Russian interference the electoral process. U.S. officials claimed that Russian intelligence agencies hacked and stole e-mails the servers of Ms Clinton's party and released them the Wikileaks website. The officials said Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to influence American voters voting President-elect Donald Trump. President Barack Obama vowed to take action the allegations and has expelled 35 Russian diplomats Washington. He has also shut down two Russian intelligence compounds in the U.S.
Russia has responded angrily to the expulsions and has denied any involvement the alleged hacking. It called the U.S. actions "ungrounded". It is likely there will be a tit--tat response Russia. Moscow has promised an "appropriate response" and "counter-measures". Any retaliation, however, may be less severe due the upcoming inauguration Mr Trump President. A Russian spokesman said: "These decisions were taken President Obama, but Trump will become the head state three weeks' time. Of course, this factor will certainly be taken account one way or another." Mr Trump seeks to put US-Russian relations a better footing and has a good relationship Mr Putin.