Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photo: Bloomberg
Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photo: Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin says Russia will not expel US diplomats in response to sanctions

Russia will not expel US diplomats in response to sanctions against Moscow and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, says President Vladimir Putin

Moscow: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions against Moscow and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US, the Kremlin quoted Russian president Vladimir Putin as saying in the statement on Friday.

“We will not expel anyone," Putin said in a statement.

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Earlier, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said he had proposed to Putin that Russia expel 35 US diplomats and ban US diplomatic staff from using two facilities in Moscow in retaliation for expulsions and sanctions imposed by Washington.

Lavrov said allegations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 US presidential election were baseless. Reuters

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