FTA: >"Chandelon's death occurred three days before the murder of Russia's Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara on Dec. 19. Another Russian diplomat, Petr Polshikov, was also found dead in his apartment in Moscow the same day."
FTA: >"These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized," Obama said.
The upcoming report detailing the perceived scope of the attacks will be interesting. The tactics used were the same as those used in Ukraine prior to Russia's invasion of Crimea and occurred at least as early as 2015.
A little surprised there was no action taken to prevent this during the election, given the national security implications., Though that would have likely been perceived as "election rigging" in the Dem's favor given the types of interference occurring. Bureaucracy has its limits.
Russia is just arriving at the same place the US was around 05/06 when the war crimes were piling up and the country was hated to such extent that people who weren't actually affiliated were launching their own attacks.
The height of the Syrian war was actually in some ways helpful in that it functioned as a magnet for fighters across the region. It focused thousands on open warfare and holding territories, but as the fronts die down there is going to be a refocus on insurgency and this style of attack.
I doubt Obama really did anything. Russia knew this would happen, but like the US they probably think a few shot up embassies or an extra few dozen dead civilians a year is worth it for securing long term goals.