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Vladimir Putin has ordered hundreds of US diplomats to leave Russia



Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that 755 US diplomats must leave the country by Sept. 1.

Putin's order comes after a threat he issued on Friday about slashing US diplomatic staff in Russia and seizing two American properties in retaliation after Congress approved a vote to slap new sanctions over Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Although the staff cuts were announced Friday, this is the first official confirmation from Putin regarding the number of American diplomats to be expelled.

"We waited for quite some time that maybe something will change for the better, had such hope that the situation will somehow change, but judging by everything, if it changes, it will not be soon," Putin said in a television interview with the Rossiya 1 network, according to Interfax news agency.

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