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Trump will sign the Russia sanctions bill

The Russian government will also seize two properties, said Mr Putin, including a country villa on the outskirts of Moscow, where removal men were working on Tuesday.

Moscow, Beirut, Ankara- Despite the risky deterioration witnessed at the US-Russian level after the US Congress voted last week to slap new sanctions on Russia, Moscow asserted on Monday its insistence to cooperate with Washington in the Syrian file, particularly the implementation of a truce in southwest Syria. In response, the U.S. State Department deemed it "a regrettable and uncalled for act".

Shooting own foot is the main sport in Russian Federation during the reign of Putin. The country lives in near constant fear of Russian aggression after a 2008 conflict between the two countries after Russia moved forces into South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway republics in Georgia. As Yahoo News recalls, former President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from USA soil in December of 2016.

The legislation, which also targets Iran and North Korea, seeks to punish Moscow for alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election and for its actions in Ukraine and Syria.

Moscow has rejected the conclusion of the USA intelligence community that Putin personally directed Moscow's interference in the election. Having lost support from Trump himself, President Putin is now doing his best to not have any external effects play a role in the upcoming presidential election in the country next year.

In December 2016, Washington adopted sanctions targeting Russian Federation over its alleged interference in the USA presidential election, something which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

For many it also raised a question: why are so many people working at the U.S. embassy in Moscow and in other places around Russian Federation?

Putin has ordered a dramatic reduction in the U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia, saying the USA diplomatic staff "will now equal the number of the Russian diplomatic personnel in the United States, 455 people on each side".

The decision affects USA diplomats as well as support and technical staff.

Vladimir Putin has expelled 775 US diplomats from Russian Federation, just days after US Congress voted in favour of imposing fresh sanctions on Moscow. Not much, says Dhand. Crimea was once part of the Soviet Union.

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, said the new Russian sanctions will likely mean longer waits for Russians to obtain visas to travel to the United States.

Last December, Trump's predecessor Barack Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the United States, saying the actions were being carried out in response to Moscow's alleged attempt to interfere in the election.

Russian Federation is open to cooperating with the USA on various issues, including terrorism and cybercrime, but instead it "only hears unfounded accusations of meddling in US domestic affairs", he said. "It's going to become law, and every indication that I get is they're going to sign it. I don't know how he responds to this".

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