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Russia orders the United States to cut its number of diplomats within Russia

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Today, Russia ordered the US to reduce the number of American diplomats in Russia, in retaliation for the new round of sanctions, and also said it was seizing two US diplomatic properties. Moscow’s decision was announced by the Foreign Ministry, one day after the US Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions placed on Russia.

The bill has been handed to US President Trump for final approval. The new sanctions were partly in response to findings that: “Russia did meddle in the election, and to further punish them for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.” The Russian FM also complained of a growing anti-Russian sentiment in America, and accused “well-known circles of seeking open confrontation”. Russian President Putin warned on Thursday that Russia would have to retaliate against this “boorish US behavior.”

A top White House aide said that Trump may veto the legislation, “in order to push for a tougher deal.” But the bill is expected to garner enough support in both chambers to override a veto. The Russian FM said the US had until 1/September to reduce their diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, the number of Russian diplomats left in America after Washington expelled 35 of them in December 2016.

 

Published by: The War Files

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