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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 »

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 »

Businessman Paints Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin's Russia - NPR

William Browder knows Vladimir Putin's Russia all too well. Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of ...and more »

Trump plans to sign new Russia sanctions bill, White House says - Washington Post

President Trump plans to sign legislation slapping new punitive sanctions on Russia over election meddling, the White House said Friday, effectively ending hopes for the fresh start with Moscow that he came into office promising to seek. Trump opposed ...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 »

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 »

The War Over Who Controls US Foreign Policy Has Begun - Foreign Policy (blog)

The unprecedented, massive new sanctions bill that Congress sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday is a statement of outrage by legislators over the president's failure to responsibly carry out foreign policy on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.and more »

Trump to Sign Russia Sanctions Bill, White House Says - New York Times

WASHINGTON — The White House said on Friday night that President Trump would sign legislation imposing sweeping sanctions against Russia and curtailing his own power to lift them by himself, bowing to the near-universal bipartisan will of Congress at ...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 »