PUTIN RETALIATES AGAINST CONGRESS' SANCTIONS BY EVICTING U.S. EMBASSY STAFF

PUTIN RETALIATES AGAINST CONGRESS’ SANCTIONS BY EVICTING U.S. EMBASSY STAFF

PUTIN RETALIATES AGAINST CONGRESS’ SANCTIONS BY EVICTING U.S. EMBASSY STAFF

President Vladimir Putin said the United States must reduce its diplomatic staff by 755 people in Russia and that Moscow could consider additional measures against Washington in response to new US sanctions approved by Congress.

Moscow ordered the United States Friday to distribute hundreds of diplomat and said it would take advantage of two US diplomatic properties after the United States House of Representatives and the Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions on Russia. The White House said Friday that US President Donald Trump would sign the sanctions bill.

Putin said in an interview with TVTV on Sunday that the United States should withdraw its diplomatic and technical personnel from 755 people by 1 September.

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“Because more than a thousand workers – diplomats and support personnel – worked and are still working in Russia, 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation,” he said.

The new US sanctions were in part a response to the results of US intelligence agencies that Russia had started during the 2016 United States presidential election and to punish Russia for the annexation of the Crimea in Ukraine in 2014 .

Russia’s response suggested that initial hopes for better relations with Washington under Trump had been pushed aside, something that the Republican president before being elected said he wanted to achieve.

A federal investigation into the implementation of Congressional Law and several studies in the United States exploring the possibility that the country Trump connivance with Russia makes it more difficult for Trump to open a new chapter with Putin. Russia denies interference in the election and Trump said there was no collusion.

Moscow said on Friday that the United States had until September 1 to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, which is the number of Russian diplomats left the United States after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December.

On Friday, a US Embassy official, who asked not to be identified, said the embassy employed about 1,100 employees and diplomatic support in Russia, including Russian and US citizens.

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The State Department declined to comment on the exact number of ambassadors and consular staff in Russia.

But a State Department official called Russia’s action “an unfortunate act and is not called.”

“We assess the impact of these restrictions and how we will respond,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

As of 2013, the United States mission in Russia, including the embassy and consulates of Moscow to St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, staff employment of 1279, the report of the Inspector General Department of State this year. There were 934 locally employed workers and 301 employees in the United States of “direct contracting” of 35 US government agencies, according to the report.

This rupture suggests that the actual number of Americans forced to leave Russia would be well below 755.

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