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 Russia won't expel US diplomats, further US-Russia relations depend on Trump Administration policies, - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow will not expel American diplomats in response to U.S. sanctions against Russia.

As reported by Cenor.NET citing CNN, the president said in a statement published by his press office.

The Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier recommended the Kremlin send home 35 U.S. diplomats in response to a similar move by Washington on Thursday.
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    But Putin said he would not take immediate action, and would instead attempt to rebuild relations with the U.S. after the inauguration of U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump.

    Putin was quoted by Sputnik as saying: "We will not create problems for American diplomats. We will not send anyone away. We will not prohibit their families and children to use for their usual vacation spots in the New Year's holidays."

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    However, Putin said that Russia reserved the right to respond to the new U.S. sanctions. "Further steps towards the restoration of Russian-American relations will be built on the basis of the policies carried out by the administration of President Trump," Putin said in a statement issued by the Kremlin.

    Earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a decree on new sanctions against Russia on Dec. 29. Besides, Dec. 30, the U.S. Department of State declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The diplomats and their families were given 72 hours to leave the country.

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