With the intelligence community saying without a doubt that Russian interference in the Presidential election favored Donald Trump, many would appropriately assume that a Trump presidency would be looked at more favorably by the Russian government. But there have been very real reasons for the #Kremlin to be terse with the U.S., given that sanctions on Russia have not been lifted and the U.S. military attacks on the Syrian government -- Russia's ally -- have increased. Russian officials have been very public in their favorable views of the Trump administration such as when they came to visit the White House. But they have also been public about their anger.

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Russia upset with U.S. over Syria

When it was reported that the U.S. military had conducted strikes on a Syrian airbase and attacked a Syrian fighter plane, the Russian government seemed to express outrage and even said that they would begin tracking American jets over Syria and threatened to attack them. This is nothing new from the threats they've made with the former Obama administration where they said they would bring down U.S. fighter jets if they attacked Syrian troops. Over the last year, it was reported that the Russian military had actually already targeted and hit a location where the American military had been hours before, in order to pressure the U.S. to fight along side with them against ISIS on the ground.

Retaliation by Cyber attack?

Russia seems to have a funny way of showing how it wants to work together with the U.S.

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where they attack or threaten to do so if the two won't join forces. Prior to the G-20 Summit meeting with #President Trump and #President Putin, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told the Interfax news agency that if the U.S. did not normalize relations with them that they would be making a "huge mistake." As the day neared, the Kremlin releasing statements with more ominous warnings about the U.S. meeting their conditions or they will retaliate. There have been more reports over the past few months about global cyber attacks, and if Russia has been behind any of those -- just as they were with hacking the Democratic National Committee -- then their threats of retaliations could have some teeth.

In a more recent one, it was the Ukraine that was hit first which gives the impression that the cyber attack was Russian made. Russian separatists are currently at war with the Ukrainian government, and their port city of Crimea has already been annexed by President Putin. Kremlin officials have already demanded that the U.S. return the two compounds that were confiscated from them under former President Obama's sanctions. As of this writing, there's very no indication of what kind of retaliation there will be, but with both countries reportedly reaching a ceasefire in Syria, no one can't say they didn't normalize relations.