Russia to eject U.S. diplomats in response to sanctions

Vladimir Putin, Russian President

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Vladimir Putin, Russian President
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Russia on Friday announced plans to expel 35 U.S. diplomats and ban U.S. diplomatic staff from using a dacha and a warehouse in Moscow in retaliation to Washington’s sanctions, Russian news agencies reported.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by the agencies as saying he had proposed the measures to President Vladimir Putin.

President Barack Obama on Thursday 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.

Mr. Lavrov said Russia would not leave the sanctions unanswered and said that allegations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections were baseless. (Reuters/NAN)


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  • Johncissy

    USA has really grown soft…

  • Watch man

    Good response to the sick Obama administration. Hacking of US institutions has been going on for at least the last four years and the Obama administration has done little or nothing to curtail it. Now he claims Russia hacked DNC/US/Clinton campaign. First, how did they hack their system without being detected? Is US so porous that Russia can easily hack their system? Obama and the so-called left are horrible losers. It was US citizens that voted and it was US machines that were used for the elections and not Russia’s. It was US citizens that did the counting of votes and not Russians. So how did Russia rig the election before the eyes of voters and those that counted the votes? At least it was not like the charade being done in Nigeria called “election”.
    Besides it was US that hacked Russia first during their election. Obama is really going down as the worst POTUS. So shameful!

  • Watch man


    In a matured response Putin has just said they won’t sink to the level of Obama’s “irresponsible kitchen diplomacy”. Putin is becoming world’s political leader ahead of lameduck POTUS, Obama. This is great response.

    • thusspokez

      In a matured response Putin

      This is a rather weak response which is unlike the ‘strong-man-standing-up-to-the-West’ image as Putin likes to portray himself. He is pining all his hopes on Trump — which will in effect make their relationship start with Putin as the weak partner, dependent on the generosity of Trump.

  • thusspokez

    A few weeks ago, Obama promised that he will punish Russia if it is linked to the hacking. And yesterday, Obama decisively delivered!

    In the past 24 hours, Putin has changed his mind several times about retaliation. Now, who, would readers say, is the decisive leader here?

    For example, I can’t imagine that the Chinese will not retaliate immediately or take action to protect their interest but instead pin their response to the next coming president. It shows how weak Putin Russia is. Italy, Brazil, Korea all have higher GDP than Russia. Russia’s GDP(1.326 trillion USD) is even lower than the GDP of California(2.448 trillion USD); lower than the GDP of Texas GDP(1.639 trillion USD) or New York State (1.455 trillion USD).

    Minus its arsenal of nuclear weapons, Russia is just another developing country. Any wonder that Putin feels that the West is not giving his country the sort of respect that he thinks his country deserves? This is why he has been acting like a bully boy who crave for attention. As some people would know, bully boys tend to believe that they can use force to gain respect.

  • Acher

    This news outlet is an agent of false information and fake news