Russian Federation ordered the U.S.to cut its embassy and other personnel in the country and ousted it from properties in Moscow, retaliating angrily to the passage late Thursday of a new sanctions bill in Congress.
"The Russian side is suspending as of August 1 the use by the USA embassy in Russia of all warehouses on the Dorozhnaya Street in Moscow and the dacha compound in Serebryanyy Bor", the ministry said in a statement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement Friday that while Russia has been doing "everything possible" to improve the relationship, "recent events showed that USA policy was in the hands of Russophobic forces, pushing Washington to the path of confrontation".
John Tefft, US ambassador to Russian Federation, expressed "strong disappointment and protest" over Moscow's decision to expel the US diplomats, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Moscow.
President Donald Trump will sign into law a bill that will ramp up sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea, the White House said on Friday, ending speculation over whether he might veto the measure.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have voted for another round of sanctions against Russian Federation this week.
The Kremlin had previously said it would not impose any sanctions on the US until Trump signs the bill.
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The overwhelming support for the bill, which was voted under special procedures to pass with a two-thirds majority, forces Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow.
The bill has been sent to the president, with uncertainty over whether or not he will sign or veto it.
The U.S. Senate approved on Thursday new sanctions against Russian Federation, due to its role in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he would retaliate if the bill against his country is signed into law.
Former President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian estates at the end of December 2016 due to Russia's alleged interference.
Russians could strike out at the USA in any number of ways, continuing to target the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia and United States properties there, and escalating its harassment of United States diplomats.
But Trump's persistent overtures to Russian Federation are what pushed lawmakers to include the sanctions review.
An official at the US Embassy, who declined to be named because they were not allowed to speak to the media, said the Embassy employed around 1,100 diplomatic and support staff in Russia, including Russian and US citizens. They fear the new sanctions could hinder key energy projects in Europe and further inflame internal European Union divisions.