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Putin says Russia not to expel anyone in response to U.S. sanctions

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

12-30-2016 22:20 BJT

MOSCOW, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia will not expel anyone in response to latest U.S. sanctions.

Vehicles wait for security check when entering the Russian Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C., the United States, on Dec. 29, 2016. The White House on Thursday announced sanctions against Russian entities and individuals over alleged hacking during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In addition, the U.S. State Department on Thursday announced ejection of 35 Russian government officials from the United States. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Vehicles wait for security check when entering the Russian Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C., the United States, on Dec. 29, 2016. The White House on Thursday announced sanctions against Russian entities and individuals over alleged hacking during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In addition, the U.S. State Department on Thursday announced ejection of 35 Russian government officials from the United States. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Moscow will determine further steps in mending ties with U.S. based on President-elect Donald Trump's future policy, Putin added.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed expelling 35 U.S. diplomats and block the access of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to a vacation house and a warehouse in response to a similar move by Washington.

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