(Bloomberg) -- Russia vowed a “proportional” response after President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and imposed sanctions on top intelligence officials and agencies over cyberattacks allegedly backed by the Kremlin and aimed at interfering with the 2016 election campaign.

The Russian government, which has denied it was behind the hacking, emphasized that the decision was made by Obama and accused his outgoing administration of trying to sabotage President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to seek better relations with the Kremlin.

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