The U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a short statement confirming only that it had received the notification from the Russian Foreign Ministry and that it was sending the orders to Washington for review.
It also imposes financial sanctions against Iran and North Korea.Sen.
The US is set to cut its diplomatic staff by 200-300 after Moscow told the US embassy it wanted a maximum of 455 in the country by 1 September.
While the U.S. side has not commented on the issue so far, the Western media rushed to ask Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova to give the number of USA diplomatic staff.
Russia's Foreign Ministry says Minister Sergei Lavrov has told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call that Moscow was forced to respond to the new package of USA sanctions and that it is still willing to improve ties with Washington.
Trump calls for 51-vote majority but math is off The House bill and Senate's original legislation would ease the ability of states to waive several of these provisions. John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME voted with Democrats to defeat the measure.
That vote-the culmination of a lengthy process that saw the sanctions initially approved in the Senate, then held up in the House, and later rewritten after substantial objections-now clears the way for the bill to proceed to the President's desk. The U.S. ambassador, John Tefft, had expressed "his strong disappointment and protest", the statement said.
Most US diplomatic staff, including around 300 US citizens, work in the main embassy in Moscow, with others based in consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.
The sanctions came months after the Obama administration ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and expelled 35 Russian diplomats in response to alleged hacking of the US Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
It also blocked access to the USA diplomatic staff to a dacha in Serebryany Bor on the northwestern outskirts of the city and to a warehouse used by the embassy.
As the danger of an escalatory tit-for-tat grows, mechanisms meant to prevent US-Russian confrontation have been breaking down, analysts said.
The North Korea sanctions are created to punish the country for its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs.
Germany and Austria in recent weeks criticized the planned penalties, saying they could affect European businesses involved in piping Russian natural gas.
"The near unanimous votes for the sanctions legislation in Congress represent the strong will of the American people to see Russian Federation take steps to improve relations with the United States", Tillerson said.
A cornerstone of the sanctions bill bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russian Federation unless Congress agrees.
Russian Federation announced that it was expelling American diplomats and seizing property after Congress passed the bill. Sanctions relief is important to Russia's broader objective of superpower status, shown by its bullish Syria policy.
Australian surfer Mick Fanning narrowly avoided a shark attack for the second time in three years in South Africa on Wednesday. It's the same place Fanning famously came face-to-face with another great white shark on the same day back in 2015 .
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President Maduro says this should not be seen as a betrayal, but as a "perfection" of the socialist revolution. The opposition is boycotting the vote which it says is a power grab by President Nicolás Maduro.
The shock was even more intense because Nitish Kumar chose to ally with the BJP rather than effect a compromise with Lalu Yadav. Now, Nitish Kumar's floor-crossing will convince the BJP that the Hindi heartland is firmly in its grip.
Following his death , his final social post to Instagram has emerged, in which he talks about embracing life as much as possible. Former Diversity dancer and Britain's Got Talent victor Robert Anker has reportedly been killed in a auto crash in Canada .
Vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez, who is Parojinog's daughter, and her sibling, were also arrested, Pacleb added. Parojinog's wife Susan and Octavio Parojinog Jr, a member of the provincial legislative board, were among those killed.
I wonder if Mooch, hoping/expecting that he'd succeed his nemesis Priebus, is angry that now he'll be answering to a general. Asked what he meant by including Priebus, Scaramucci said, "If Reince wants to explain he's not the leaker, he can do that".
A police officer was also injured in the gunfight outside the music venue in the southern German city of Konstanz. Police said in a statement that special commando forces have been deployed to the city as a precaution.
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