Moscow. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREY RUDAKOV
Moscow. Picture: BLOOMBERG/ANDREY RUDAKOV

Moscow — The US will be forced to cut hundreds of its embassy staff in Russia, the Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying, after Moscow retaliated on Friday for what it called proposed illegal US sanctions against it.

"We are talking not about dozens, but hundreds of diplomatic and technical staff who work for US diplomatic missions in Russia," the agency quoted the source as saying.

Russia told the US on Friday that some of its diplomats had to leave the country in just more than a month and that it was seizing some US diplomatic property. The response, announced by the foreign ministry, came a day after the US senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.

Reuters

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