US turns up heat on Russia as ties deteriorate

US officials are accusing senior Russian officials of ordering the hacking of American political sites to try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election.

By: AP | Washington | Published:October 8, 2016 12:59 pm
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The Obama administration is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russia.

US officials are accusing senior Russian officials of ordering the hacking of American political sites to try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. They’r also suggesting that Russia’s military is committing war crimes in Syria.

Friday’s barrage of allegations from Washington were met with angry denials from Moscow. Together, they mark a descent to yet another low point in increasingly poor relations between the former Cold War foes.

The US and Russia are deeply divided over key international issues of war and peace and appear on a path of one-upsmanship perhaps not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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