7:45 A.M. — President Vladimir Putin has condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia but says Moscow will not retaliate by expelling American diplomats.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. 35 Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the U.S. in 72 hours and two facilities closed.
Putin, in a statement the Kremlin’s web-site on Friday, referred the new sanctions as a “provocation aimed to further undermine Russian-American relations.”
But he says Russia would not be expelling American diplomats in retaliation as the Russian foreign ministry earlier suggested.
MOSCOW (CNN/AP) — Russia’s foreign minister suggests Friday expelling 35 U.S. diplomats and closing two facilities in Moscow in response to similar sanctions by the U.S.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called sanctions against his country “anti-Russian death throes.”
President Barack Obama took unprecedented steps Thursday to retaliate against alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.