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Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive - The Conversation CA

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in July in Germany. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive. July 30, 2017 7.30pm EDT • Updated July 31, 2017 3.22pm EDT. John ...and more »

Putin, Responding to Sanctions, Orders US to Cut Diplomatic Staff by 755 - New York Times

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin announced Sunday that the American diplomatic mission in Russia must reduce its staff by 755 employees, an aggressive response to new American sanctions that seemed ripped right from the Cold War playbook and sure ...and more »

Sanctions retaliation: Russia tells US to cut embassy staff, stop using storage facilities - RT

Moscow has told the US to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, and is also halting the use of embassy storage facilities in the capital, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The retaliatory move comes after the US ...and more »

Russia cuts US diplomatic presence in retaliation for sanctions - The Guardian

The US ambassador to Russia, John Tefft. The US passed a sanctions bill targeting Moscow this week. Photograph: Planet Pix/Rex/Shutterstock. Russia has ordered the US to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russia – potentially forcing hundreds of embassy ...and more »

Vladimir Putin to America: You've Let Me Down - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Sunday night, Vladimir Putin went on national television and explained his decision to slice American diplomatic staff in Russia by two-thirds. He was retaliating ...and more »

It's Americans Who Have Undermined Democracy in America - History News Network (HNN)

While Russian meddling is real, we need to face the fact that Putin's not ultimately responsible for the rise of Trump. Since democracy in America has given the most powerful office in the world to the least plausible candidate, many Americans have ...and more »

OPINION | Punishing Russia with sanctions will not stop the Kremlin - The Hill (blog)

After passing with overwhelming majority in Congress, it seems extremely likely that the Russia sanctions bill sitting on President Trump's desk will, one way or another, become the law. The bill is an effort to smarten up America's Russia policy ...and more »

Russian official vows 'retaliation' for more sanctions -

A Russian official on Sunday said the order to remove U.S. diplomats from Russia was “retaliation” for the Senate's approval of increased sanctions last week — and promised more payback for similar actions in the future. The Senate voted 98-2 last ...and more »

Russia Seizes 2 US Properties and Orders Embassy to Cut Staff - New York Times

MOSCOW — Russia took its first steps on Friday to retaliate against proposed American sanctions for Moscow's suspected meddling in the 2016 election, seizing two American diplomatic properties in Russia and ordering the United States Embassy to reduce ...and more »

After Russia's Retaliation, Embassy Workers Brace for a 'Shock to the System' - New York Times

MOSCOW — The last time the Kremlin forced a sweeping reduction of local staff at the American Embassy in Moscow, a young diplomat named Steven Pifer found himself working four days a week on arms control, as usual. But on the fifth day, he navigated ...and more »