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Kremlin to Expel 10 US Diplomats After Sanctions

Kremlin to Expel 10 US Diplomats After Sanctions

Friday, 16 April, 2021 - 16:15
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference in Athens, Greece, October 26, 2020. File photo: Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Moscow will order 10 US diplomats to leave Russia in a retaliatory response to US sanctions.

Lavrov also said that Moscow will add eight US officials to its sanctions list and move to restrict and stop the activities of US nongovernment organizations from interfering in Russia’s politics.

He added that while Russia has a possibility to take “painful measures” against American business in Russia, it wouldn’t immediately move to do that.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement those banned included FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, US Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

Others to face an entry ban include Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Michael Carvajal, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Susan Rice, John Bolton, the former US National Security Advisor, and ex-CIA head Robert James Woolsey.

The US on Thursday ordered 10 Russian diplomats expelled, targeted dozens of companies and people, and imposed new curbs on Russia's ability to borrow money.

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