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USA and Russia in election hacking tit-for-tat






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There is a crisis between the USA and Russia. U.S. officials said Russia interfered in the U.S. election in November. They say Russian hackers stole Hillary Clinton's e-mails and put them on the Wikileaks website. The officials said Vladimir Putin wanted voters to vote for Donald Trump. President Barack Obama has now expelled 35 Russian diplomats from Washington. He also shut down two Russian intelligence buildings.

Russia is angry about the expulsions. It has denied hacking and says the U.S. actions are "ungrounded". Moscow has promised "counter-measures". However, any tit-for-tat measures may be less severe due to Mr Trump becoming President soon. A Russian spokesman said: "[Mr] Trump will become the head of state in three weeks' time. Of course, this factor will certainly be taken into account." Mr Trump wants better US-Russian relations.

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