- Title: Putin says will not expel anyone in response to U.S. sanctions
- Date: 30th December 2016
- Summary: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ENTRANCE OF RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON D.C. CAR ENTERING GATE OF RUSSIA EMBASSY AND BEING CHECKED BY SECURITY / GATE CLOSING
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- Keywords: U.S. Russia sanction Obama Putin embassy relations diplomats retaliation
- Location: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
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- Story Text: Russia will not expel anyone in response to U.S. sanctions against Moscow and the expulsion of dozens Russian diplomats from the United States, the Kremlin quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying in the statement on Friday (December 30).
"We will not expel anyone," Putin said in a statement.
President Barack Obama on Thursday (December 29) ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election.
The measures mark a new post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russian ties and set up a potential flashpoint between incoming President-elect Donald Trump and fellow Republicans in Congress over how to deal with Moscow.
Earlier on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had proposed to Putin that Russia expel 35 U.S. diplomats and ban U.S. diplomatic staff from using two facilities in Moscow in retaliation for expulsions and sanctions imposed by Washington.
Lavrov said allegations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were baseless.
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