Posts Tagged ‘sanctions bill’

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that 775 US diplomats must leave
  • Massive ejection of diplomatic personnel retaliation for US sanctions bill 
  • Bill passed Congress on Thursday and President Trump says he will sign into law
  • Moscow responded by seizing two diplomatic properties and booting US staffers
  • Move will reduce US diplomat mission to Russia by over half in one fell swoop
  • Russian deputy foreign minister calls sanctions bill ‘weird and unacceptable’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the ejection of 775 US diplomats in retaliation for a new US sanctions bill.

Putin announced the move on Sunday, effectively cutting the US diplomatic mission of roughly 1,200 in Russia by more than half.

The order from Moscow, reported by AFP, comes in response to a sanctions bill that passed the US Congress on Thursday, which US President Donald Trump has said he will sign into law.

The Kremlin had on Friday seized two diplomatic properties and ordered the US to cut its mission to 445, the same size as Russia’s in the US, but the new order from Putin is the first revelation of a headcount of expulsions.

Earlier on Sunday, a top Russian diplomat lambasted the United States Congress for voting to sanction Russia, and warned of further retaliation by Moscow.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told  ABC’s ‘This Week’ that the US sanctions bill was ‘weird and unacceptable’.


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