Lavrov Calls for Expulsions of US Staff, After Obama's Move, But Putin Says 'No'

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20173 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov made a <a href="http://www.mid.ru/ru/press_service/minister_speeches/-/asset_publisher/7OvQR5KJWVmR/content/id/2583996" target="_blank">statement</a> on December 30 in response to US President Barack Obama’s decision the previous day to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-cyber-idUSKBN14I1TY" target="_blank">increase sanctions and expel some Russian diplomats</a>.

Obama made the announcement on Thursday that he was <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/us/politics/russia-election-hacking-sanctions.html?_r=0" target="_blank">expelling a number of suspected Russian operatives</a> from the US, as well as increasing sanctions on Russia. The move was a direct response to suspected Russian interference in the recent US elections.

Russia responded with anger and surprise. Here, Lavrov accuses Obama of pursuing a failed foreign policy, and he slams the suggestion that Russia had interfered with the election. He also said there would be reprisals for the move, and that Russia would take steps to <a href="https://sputniknews.com/politics/201612301049133921-russia-hacking--sanctions-lavrov/" target="_blank">remove 31 employees of the US embassy in Moscow</a>, as well as four diplomats from the US consulate general in St. Petersburg.

However, speaking shortly after, Russian President Vladimir Putin said <a href="https://t.co/g4jnxRSoFD" target="_blank">he would not be expelling anyone</a> and would take decisions on the matter based on the future policies of Donald Trump.

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