Friday, July 28, 2017

Russia Retaliates on US for Levying Sanctions; Seizes 2 Diplomatic Bldgs.,Cuts Embassy Staff

Russia took its first steps today (July 28, 2017) to retaliate against proposed American sanctions for Moscow's suspected meddling in the 2016 election, seizing two American diplomatic properties and ordering the United States Embassy to reduce its staff by September, according to the NY Times website.

The move came a day after the U.S. Senate approved a measure to expand economic sanctions against Russia.

The latest move by the Kremlin strikes another blow against the already dismal diplomatic relations between the two sides, with each new step moving Moscow and Washington farther from the rapprochement anticipated just a few months ago.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that if the U.S. ordered any further sanctions, Russia would again retaliate.

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