Putin: Russia Will Not Expel U.S. Diplomats In Response To U.S. Sanctions
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia will not expel U.S. diplomats despite President Barack Obama’s order to boot 35 Russian intelligence operatives.
According to a story at Western Journalism
As part of the response to Russian hacking of political organizations, Obama Thursday announced that the U.S. was closing down compounds in New York and Maryland that the Russian government used for intelligence operations. Obama also ordered sanctions against Russian intelligence agencies, several Russian officials and three Russian companies the U.S. said assisted Russia in its hacking.
As Russian officials attacked Obama’s action, Putin was urged to respond in kind.
“Russia’s foreign ministry… has requested that the Russian president approve declaring as persona non grata 31 employees of the US embassy in Moscow and four diplomats from the US consulate in Saint Petersburg,” said Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. Lavrov also wanted two U.S. diplomatic compounds closed.
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