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Trump to meet intelligence leaders over Russian expulsions

Donald Trump has previously dismissed claims Russian cyber-hackers had interfered with the US election process. Credit: Reuters

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will meet with intelligence leaders next week to get the "facts of the situation" that led the Obama administration to expel 35 Russian diplomats in the wake of cyber attacks related to the US election.

The statement from Mr Trump urged America to "move on to bigger and better things" but confirmed he would meet security officials "in the interest of our country and its great people".

It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.

– President-elect Donald Trump

The Kremlin has warned the expulsion may lead to retaliatory actions.

Mr Trump has previously dismissed as "ridiculous" claims Russian cyber-hackers had interfered with the US election process.

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Russia 'regrets' US decision to expel diplomats

Russia said it 'regrets' the US step to expel 35 of its diplomats Credit: Reuters

Russia has said it regrets the US's move to expel 35 of its diplomats and impose sanctions on individuals in response to alleged hacking and harassment.

A Kremlin spokesman described the step as a sign of Washington's "aggressive foreign policy."

Moscow warned that its own retaliations would be "adequate," adding that President Vladimir Putin would decide how to respond.

Russia also labelled the move by Barack Obama "unlawful" and questioned the efficiency of the latest tactic.

The spokesperson said the sanctions had the potential to damage diplomatic relations between the two countries, adding that he was unsure if incoming President Donald Trump would approve of such a move.

Russian embassy in 'lame duck' jibe to Barack Obama

The Russian UK embassy tweeted its disapproval at the sanctions Credit: PA

Russia's UK embassy responded to news that Barack Obama had expelled 35 of its diplomats from the US with a picture of a "lame duck".

The embassy tweeted a picture of a baby duck with the word "lame" superimposed on it.

Included was a message that read: "President Obama expels 35 [Russian] diplomats in Cold War deja vu.

"As everybody, incl people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm."

Credit: Russian Embassy, UK

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