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Russia expels US and Polish diplomats over sanctions | DW News |

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Russia would expel 10 US and 3 Polish diplomats in retaliation for them having respectively expelled 10 and 3 Russian diplomats.

Lavrov additionally noted that eight US officials had been added to Russia's sanctions lists and that Moscow would take moves to limit and even stop the activity of US non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that it says are interfering in Russian politics.

Moscow also recommended the US recall Ambassador John Sullivan -- Russia recalled its US ambassador in March, in response to US President Joe Biden calling Russian President Vladimir Putin "a killer" in a televised interview.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has steadfastly warned of "inevitable" retaliation, noting that, "Washington should realize that it will have to pay a price for the degradation of bilateral ties.'' Though Lavrov emphasized Moscow could undertake more "painful measures" in the future, he said it would refrain from doing so at this juncture.

by Oui on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 11:52:11 AM EST

US views Russia's countermeasures as escalation, reserves right to respond -- DoS

by Oui on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 11:52:58 AM EST
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