Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that 755 American diplomats be expelled from his country after the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved to increase sanctions.
The move means that the number of American diplomatic and technical staff it has in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and consulates in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg would dwindle to 455, the same number of Russians in the U.S. by September 1.
In addition to the reduction of diplomatic staff, Moscow also ordered the seizing of two U.S. diplomatic properties.
In an interview with Vesti TV that aired on Sunday, Putin said Russia is considering taking more retaliatory measures against the U.S. but not at the moment.
The U.S. Senate passed a legislation that slapped fresh sanctions on Russia over its alleged meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election, annexation of Crimea and military action in Ukraine.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday that President Donald Trump would review the measure, but did not say whether the president would sign or veto the bill.
100% Fed Up reports:
Here’s a question for the anti-Trump media: If Putin and Trump have such a strong history of working together, why take such drastic actions against the US? Why doesn’t Putin just pick up the phone and call his old buddy Donald Trump and get those sanctions lifted?