Russia Doubts New U.S. Sanctions by Obama Administration Will Last Long

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin at the Business Russia Congress in Moscow on October 18. Putin's strategy is to divide and conquer his enemies to distract people from his own failings. Alexander Zemlianichenko/reuters

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia would harm relations between Moscow and Washington.

Dmitry Peskov said Putin would order an "appropriate" retaliation to the sanctions, which included the expulsion of 35 diplomats.

In a conference call with reporters, Peskov said Moscow doubted the effectiveness of the measures as the current U.S. presidential administration was stepping down in three weeks. In addition to the expulsions, Washington closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to what it called a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow.