Russian Federation orders cut in United States diplomats in reaction to sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at the Hotel Punkaharju in Savonlinna Finland

A Putin advisor warns Russia could face decades of low growth under US sanctions

"He has now reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it", Sander said without giving a time frame when it would be signed into law.

The Foreign Ministry said that the U.S. had until September 1 to bring the total number of diplomatic and technical personnel in Russian Federation to 455, the same number as it said Russian Federation has in the U.S. The ministry also ousted the U.S. from a recreation retreat and warehouse in Moscow.

The proposed bill for sanctions against Russia was passed for the alleged Russian interference in 2016 Presidential Election. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the bill's passage was long overdue, a jab at Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has called Putin a murderer and a thug. The provisions were included to assuage concerns among USA lawmakers that the President's push for better relations with Moscow might lead him to relax the penalties without first securing concessions from the Kremlin.

The bill will now be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.

Germany and Austria in recent weeks criticized the planned penalties, saying they could affect European businesses involved in piping Russian natural gas.

On Friday, Russia's Foreign Ministry had signaled that the U.S. would need to downsize its staff to 455, to exactly match the number of Russian diplomatic and technical staff in the U.S. Now, Putin has announced the exact number of staff he's ordered the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to cut.

The Russians also suspended the right of the US Embassy to use the storage facilities on Dorozhnaya Street in Moscow and the country house in Serebryany Bor.

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said last week that Trump still doubts Moscow's involvement in the election campaign.

The ministry said that this was in response to the passing of a new bill on sanctions by the Senate late Thursday.

Rejecting the bill would have further galvanized resistance against the President and deepened concerns about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

It also suspended as of Auust 1 the USA use of a summer residence in Moscow's Serebryany Bor and storage facilities on Dorozhnaya Street.

The EU and USA previously worked together to impose sanctions in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014, overcoming division on how far to go in punishing Moscow.

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