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Monday, 31 July 2017

Putin Expels 755 US Diplomats From Russia

Russia has retaliated against new US sanctions by ordering 755 American diplomats to leave - a move than will create a fresh crisis in the relationship between the two countries.

Putin Expels 755 US Diplomats From Russia

Days after the both houses of the US Congress voted almost anonymously to impose fresh sanctions
on Moscow, Vladimir Putin said he was responding to “unlawful” behaviour by Washington.

“The American side has made a move which, it is important to note, hasn’t been provoked by anything, to worsen Russian-US relations. [It includes] unlawful restrictions, attempts to influence other states of the world, including our allies, who are interested in developing and keeping relations with Russia,” Mr Putin told the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

“We’ve been waiting for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better, we had hopes that the situation would change. But it looks like, it’s not going to change in the near future... I decided that it is time for us to show that we will not leave anything unanswered.”

Both houses of Congress backed the sanctions bill, which also includes measures against Iran and North Korea.

The sanctions are over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the US election.

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