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Russia sanctions: Trump's hand forced by Senate vote - POST-COURIER

The United States Senate has voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite objections from the White House. July 28, 2017. Story and picture courtesy of BBC World News. The United States Senate has voted 98-2 to impose ...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 more »

It looks like it's all falling apart between Trump and Putin – but there are reasons to be optimistic - The Independent

So dominated has Washington politics been by the frenzy over Russia's supposed interference in the US election, that is easy to neglect another, perhaps more important, Trump-Russia question. What, if anything, is actually happening in relations ...and more »

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

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 for Barack Obama's December expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, as well as newly passed ...and more »

Putin's Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly - New York Times

A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking ...and more »

Congress has tied Trump's hands on Russian sanctions - Vox

President Donald Trump will sign a bill imposing sanctions against Russia, the White House announced Friday night. The legislation enshrines into law sanctions that the Obama White House placed on the country for meddling in the 2016 presidential ...and more »

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

Donald Trump's supporters have a new rallying cry in defence of the American president: “Let Trump be Trump!” I am a U.S.-born linguist, an expert in Caucasian languages and also politics, and someone who advised the Bill Clinton White House on Russia ...and more »

Putin is in a corner, trying not to look weak - CNN

Mark Galeotti is a senior researcher at UMV, the Institute of International Relations Prague, and coordinator of its Centre for European Security. He is a specialist on Russian security affairs, intelligence and organized crime, and is also principal ...and more »

Putin orders cut of 755 personnel at US missions - Washington Post

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that the U.S. diplomatic missions in Moscow and elsewhere in the country will have to reduce their staffs by 755 people, signaling a significant escalation in the Russian response to American ...and more »

The Message That Putin's Expulsion of US Diplomats Sends to Trump - The New Yorker

Vladimir Putin's announcement on Sunday that he would require a dramatic reduction in the U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia is a personal message to Donald Trump—at once a last-ditch effort to gain some conciliations from a U.S. President who had ...and more »