Putin's Retaliation Against US Could End Up Hurting Russians

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin has expelled 775 US diplomats from Russian Federation, just days after US Congress voted in favour of imposing fresh sanctions on Moscow. Russian President Putin has now signed the bill into law prohibiting the country to use technologies that enable users to have access to restricted content. "755 people must stop their activities in Russian Federation".

"Earlier this year China's MIIT announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government", an Apple We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations.

"Right now we're reviewing our options and when we have something to say on it, we'll let you know", Sanders said Monday.

Russian and US diplomats have discussed the issue for months but failed to reach an agreement.

Although he's ordered the U.S.to reduce its staff in Moscow and other cities, most people on that staff probably aren't American.

The reductions, reminiscent of massive Cold War-era expulsions of diplomats, follow stiff, new sanctions against Russian Federation approved by the U.S. Congress.

The bill was approved by large majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

"We waited for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better", Putin said.

Putin in Finland on centenary of independence from Russian Federation
Putin made the remarks at a press conference along with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland. Thursday, saying the Kremlin would no longer tolerate American "impudence" in advancing tough new sanctions on Moscow .

On taking retaliatory measures, Putin said, "I thought it was time for us to show that we will not leave this without an answer".

"We had hoped that the situation will somehow change, but apparently if it changes, it won't be soon", Putin said in an interview televised on Rossiya 1, explaining why Moscow chose to retaliate. They include both Americans and Russians hired to work in the diplomatic offices.

Michael O'Hanlon is a foreign policy expert for the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. At the same time, he said that areas of cooperation between the USA and Russian Federation do exist. McFaul said on Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence, on a visit to Estonia, said Monday, "We hope for better days, for better relations with Russian Federation".

The bill passed by the House last week would essentially turn those existing sanctions into law. Russia's economy has already felt the effects from sanctions put in place in 2014. This increases the risk that Russian Federation may pursue non-economic countermeasures, such as increased posturing in areas of conflict (Ukraine and Syria) or geostrategic significance (such as the Baltics or the Crimea). "They had hoped for some kind of a reset under President Trump and they haven't seen that", said Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former ambassador to Ukraine.

The demonstrators called for an end to censorship in Russian Federation and demanded the resignation of the head of the state censor.

The property, in a picturesque spot on a bend in the Moskva river northwest of the capital, is leased by the us embassy for its staff to use for recreation.

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