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Russia Responds to Proposed Sanctions: Expels Diplomats, Seizes Property

by Countable | 7.28.17

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday demanded that the U.S. reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia and announced that it will seize a storage facility and country house used by U.S. diplomats in response to Congress’s passage of a bill sanctioning Russia the day before.

Russia ordered the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country to 455 people — the exact same number of Russian staff remaining in the U.S. following the expulsion of 35 Russians in December.

The Kremlin has blamed "anti-Russia hysteria" in American politics for the worsening of relations between the former Cold War adversaries, and indicated it would continue a tit-for-tat response to further U.S. actions.

The sanctions bill — passed 419-3 in the House and 98-2 in the Senate — sanctioned several sectors of Russia’s economy and individuals connected to corruption, while codifying sanctions imposed by previous executive orders into law. Those margins are enough to override a presidential veto, although the White House hasn’t indicated that the president will veto it.

Instead, the White House has said that President Donald Trump will review the legislation, which would also sanction Iran and North Korea, before signing it. Once enacted, the president would be required to get approval from Congress before easing or lifting sanctions.

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— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Kremlin / Public Domain)

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  • Cynthia
    07/28/2017
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    Russia can cry if it wants to but recent actions by Congress was necessary to protect American interests. With our President being so friendly with Russia, there needs to be a way to reign that in. Perhaps we need to improve relations with Russia, but I don't think that is possible as long as Putin is in charge. Anyone who is a tyrant in their own country will not be happy until he has pressed his agenda on everyone including foreign countries.

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  • Linda
    07/28/2017
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    Sanctions have been approved by Congress. There should be no surprise Russia would react. That's fine.

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  • Carol
    07/29/2017
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    Glad Congress voted to protect America interests from trump and Putin.

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  • Tom
    07/28/2017
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    This legislation is a direct challenge to the Trump administration. The congress shows it is co-equal to the Pres . .If he dares not sign this bill, against the will of the Congress, the elected reps. of the people., he shows his true colors and where his real loyalties are and a public quid pro quo for his election

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  • Julie
    07/29/2017
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    Putin's pissed! Pee tapes coming?

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  • Janis
    07/29/2017
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    Good....and unfortunately Trump is still Putin's puppet. We'll see what happens next.....

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  • Kimberly
    07/29/2017
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    Good! America needs to Stand up to Russian aggression. They attacked our democracy and if our President will not do anything about. Congress needs to act and Stand up for America!

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  • James
    07/28/2017
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    If Russia acts this way over sanctions ...so what. Don't give them their properties back and boot their people on our side of the pond. We knew they would get mad. They had it coming. Now you have to assure our President takes the hard line and doesn't cave on this.

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  • Cathy
    07/28/2017
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    Totally approve on the sanctions and I am sure those personnel sent home are celebrating!

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  • Lawrence
    07/28/2017
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    We approve all sanctions on Russia.

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  • Steve
    07/28/2017
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    Russia thought this was Obama and Hillary. He thought WRONG! This administration says what it means and means what it says.

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  • Justin
    07/29/2017
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    Russia's meddling in our election accomplished its primary goal, of undermining and lowering our confidence in our political system and government in its entirety. These sanctions are necessary, and the executive branch needs to be able to be checked by congress, who's power has weakened.

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  • Cynthia
    07/28/2017
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    Trump sign the bill!

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  • Brian
    07/29/2017
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    Keep pushing for these sanctions.

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  • Judith
    07/29/2017
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    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 IGNORE PUTIN'S RUSSIAN TIT FOR TAT APPROACH TO DIPLOMACY !!!! SET SOLID NON-NEGOTIABLE LIMITS ON PUTIN'S RUSSIAN ENCROACHMENT ON OUR AMERICAN SECURITY INTERESTS AT HOME AS WELL AS ABROAD !!!!! THIS ALSO MEANS WITH OUR ALLIES ABROAD AS WELL !!!!

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  • Donna
    07/29/2017
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    We have a President that refuses to take action on Russia. Since he won't the hill did! I for one back the hill for doing so. America has to take care of itself against our Democracy being meddled in.

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  • Beth
    07/29/2017
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    I agree with these actions, including not allowing the President to change them.

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  • Pat
    07/28/2017
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    Of course we need to put further sanctions on Russia. Our intelligence says they were able to hack the election. That is the best proof we can get. Trump won't like it but he can't do anything about it considering the numbers in Congress who want sanctions. I believe Putin thought Trump would lift sanctions instead of Congress adding to the sanctions Obama put on Russia before he left office. So, of course Russia will do tit for tat. Who really thought they'd do anything different? And, who in the general public cares how many "diplomats" we have in Russia?

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  • Tom
    07/29/2017
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    Definitely a must. Especially limiting the power of our current president.

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  • M
    07/29/2017
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    Hold strong on the sanctions and stand up to Putin and the wana-be Putin Mini-me Trump.

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