Russia hits back at Obama with flurry of online insults

Russia's embassy in the UK tweeted this image, saying Americans had been humiliated by the sanctions.

Story highlights

  • Barbed tweets take aim at Barack Obama after US sanctions against Russia
  • Russia denies interfering with US election via hacking attacks on Democrats, Clinton campaign

(CNN)Russia has retaliated quickly against the US's expulsion of its diplomats over alleged hacking attacks, with a series of pointed barbs aimed at the outgoing Obama administration.

President Barack Obama announced sanctions against four Russian individuals for what it said was election interference Thursday.
He also ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country and two Russian compounds in the US to be closed.
    The response was swift -- and sour.
    The Russian embassy in London posted a tweet of a duckling with the word "Lame" over the top, calling the action "Cold War déjà vu."
    It added: "As everybody, including American people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm."

    Bitter farewell

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was also swift to condemn the move with a vitriolic message on his Facebook page.
    "It is regrettable that the Obama administration, which started out by restoring our ties, is ending its term in an anti-Russia agony. RIP," he wrote
    Within an hour the post had attracted 68 shares, 59 comments and 722 likes.
    Moscow has denied interfering in the US election, calling the hacking claims "groundless." And on Friday, in a tit-for-tat move, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recommended expelling 35 US diplomatic staff from the country.
    It echoes a comment he made to CNN's Christiane Amanpour in October when he called the hacking claims "ridiculous."
    The proposed Russian diplomatic retaliation follows a tweet from the Russian embassy in the US, promising a response to make "Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well."