U.S.-Russian Relations Morph During Presidential Election

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In this Oct. 4, 2016 photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses, during a speech at an event hosted by The German Marshall Fund (GMF) and the U.S. Mission to the EU at Concert Noble in Brussels.
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It seems like you can't talk about this contentious 2016 election without mentioning Russia.

Last week, the Obama Administration officially blamed the Russian government for leaking emails from the Democratic National Committee. The statement, which was released by Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security, states that the hack likely originated from servers operated by a Russian company, but doesn't mention Russian President Vladimir Putin or the Russian government by name.

Then, Secretary of State John Kerry called for an investigation into war crimes committed by Russia — Kerry contends that civilians in Syria have been killed by the Russian and Syrian governments. Russian officials responded, saying the statements were "unacceptable judgments" and "propaganda."

Are U.S.-Russian relations at a new low? Maria Snegovaya, a columnist at Russian Business Daily Vedomosti, answers.