Russia retaliates against US sanctions bill
Moscow orders cuts to number of diplomats, suspends use of beach house
Putin has finally struck back against the Obama administration’s move to expel 35 Russian diplomats and seize two diplomatic compounds in response to alleged intervention in the US presidential election.
Following the passage of a bill by Congress, which essentially prevents Trump from ever reversing Obama’s retaliation, Moscow has ordered a cut in the number of US diplomats in Russia and suspended the use of a beach house and storage facilities, reports Politico, citing the Russian foreign ministry.
The Trump administration signaled a desire to mend relations with Russia during the campaign and after Trump’s election, and there were reports that the White House was weighing options to reverse the Obama administration’s orders. But concern in Congress regarding alleged efforts on the part of Russia to help Trump win the election led to the bipartisan effort to block any such move.
While Trump has yet to sign the new legislation, it enjoys enough support from both parties in Congress to override a veto.