August 1, 2017

8-1-2017 “Diplo-Drama” Russia sends home US Diplomats Nuggets…..(Vox)

  • In a dramatic move on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the United States to remove 755 diplomats from Russia. [Agence France-Press]
  • The move is being interpreted as retribution after President Trump indicated he would sign tough new Russia sanctions passed by Congress to punish Putin for meddling in the 2016 elections. [Vox / Zeeshan Aleem]
  • There was some speculation that Trump might veto the sanctions after Congress passed them, but the White House quashed that on Friday night, saying the president planned to make them official. [‘CNN / Nicole Gaouette and Jeremy Herb]
  • Putin’s diplomatic tit-for-tat is stunning for its scale; under former President Obama, the United States kicked out 35 Russian diplomats as retribution for election meddling, though hundreds more remain in the country. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp]
  • That said, it’s important to note that not all of the 755 people who will have to leave Russia are Americans. That number includes Russian support staff, whom Putin can’t expel from their own country. [Washington Post / Andrew Roth]
  • Big picture: This is further evidence that relations between Russia and the United States are deteriorating. Putin and others in the Russian government believed Trump would be friendlier than Obama (and for some time, he appeared to be), but the sanctions are quickly dashing those hopes. [NYT / Neil MacFarquhar]


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