Russia Seizes 2 U.S. Homes And Orders Embassy To Cut Team Of Workers

PhotoMOSCOW — Russia seized two American diplomatic properties on Friday and ordered the United States Embassy in Moscow to reduce its staff by September, in the Kremlin’s first retaliatory steps against proposed new American sanctions.
The moves, which Russia had been threatening for weeks, came a day after the United States Senate approved a measure expanding economic sanctions against Russia, as well as against Iran and North Korea.
Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThere was no immediate response from the American Embassy, which had said it was waiting for official notification of any Russian moves.
It is unclear whether Mr. Trump will sign.
But the White House has been ambivalent about whether Mr. Trump will give his approval.

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