July 31, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday 755 U.S. diplomats and staff in Russia will have to “terminate their activity” and warned that further restrictions could be taken in response to U.S. sanctions – although he added he hoped they would not be necessary.
“We have been waiting for quite a long time for any positive changes [in Washington’s approach to Russia],” Putin said in an interview with the state broadcasting network.
“But, to all appearances, even if it ever changes, it will not be soon,” he said. “I thought we must demonstrate that we are not going to leave anything unanswered either.”
Pointing to possible additional future measures, Putin said imposing restrictions on joint Russia-U.S. activities would be “painful” for the U.S. and would also cause “certain damage” to Russia, and said he hoped such a moment would not arrive.
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