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Why Russia Ordered the U.S. to Reduce Its Diplomatic Staff

The step comes a day after the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping sanctions bill, which now awaits President Trump’s signature.
Source: Yuri Kochetkov / Pool / Reuters

Russia ordered the U.S. Friday to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country to 455 and seized two American diplomatic properties, in retaliation for similar steps ordered by the Obama administration last December and a sweeping sanctions bill approved this week by the U.S. Congress.

“The Russian side is suspending as of August 1 the use by the U.S. embassy in Russia of all warehouses on the Dorozhnaya Street in Moscow and in a statement.

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