RUS­SIA CUTS U.S. DIPLO­MATS OVER NEW SANC­TIONS

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Rus­sia’s For­eign Min­istry or­dered a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of U.S. diplo­mats in Rus­sia on Fri­day and said it was clos­ing down a U.S. recre­ational re­treat in re­sponse to fresh sanc­tions against Rus­sia.

The U.S. Se­nate ap­proved a new pack­age of stiff fi­nan­cial sanc­tions Fri­day against Rus­sia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to Pres­i­dent Trump to sign.

The leg­is­la­tion bars Trump from eas­ing or waiv­ing the penal­ties on Rus­sia un­less Congress agrees. It is aimed at pun­ish­ing Moscow for in­ter­fer­ing in the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and for its mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion in Ukraine and Syria, where the Krem­lin has backed Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad.

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