President Barrack Obama said Friday that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia over its cyber-activity during this year’s election, in an interview with the National Public Radio.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections . . . we need to take action,” Obama said. “And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
As reported by the Washington Post, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to the interview with a statement that suggested the president and his aides were acting without proof.
In a statement carried by Russian news agencies, Peskov said the U.S. government should “either stop talking about it or finally produce some evidence, otherwise it all begins to look unseemly.”
Obama said there are still a range of assessments taking place among the agencies and that he is waiting for the report on cyberattacks. He ordered them to be delivered by Jan. 20.