Monday, July 31, 2017

Putin Orders 755 US Diplomats Ousted by Sept. 1; Largest Purge of Diplomats from Any Nation Ever

In what is believed to be the largest expulsion of diplomats from any country in history, President Vladimir Putin has ordered several hundred American staff to leave diplomatic missions in Russia, the Euro News website reports today (July 31, 2017).

The decision was made on July 28 in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions against Moscow, but Putin has now confirmed that the 775 diplomats must leave Russia by September 1, 2017.

The exodus will bring the U.S. diplomatic workforce to 455 -- the same as Russia's complement in Washington.

The Russian government is also seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by U.S. diplomats.

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