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In an interview with VGTRK TV host Vladimir Solovyev, President Vladimir Putin specified that 755 American diplomats had to leave Russian Federation.

'We hope for better days, and better relations with Russian Federation, but as I said earlier today, recent diplomatic action taken by Moscow will not deter the commitment of the United States to our security, that of our allies, and freedom-loving nations around the world.

Putin noted that Russian Federation has levers to hurt the U.S.in a few areas where they cooperate, but he voiced hope he won't have to do that because such moves would hurt Moscow's own interests.

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"His hands are tied on Russian Federation at the moment, given U.S. politics". A spokesman said US officials are assessing how to respond to Putin.

"We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it", a State Department statement said on July 30.

In June of 2016, President Trump's son, Donald Trump Junior and two other election campaign officials met with several people linked to Russian Federation after being promised damaging information about Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.

According to Putin, crucial areas of cooperation for the two countries include the joint actions against terrorism, and obligations in nuclear arms control and space projects.

"We have waited long enough, hoping that the situation would perhaps change for the better", he told the prominent Russian television host Vladimir Solovyov. "So, we are working and achieving results even now, in this rather hard situation".

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"We had hoped that the situation will somehow change, but apparently if it changes, it won't be soon", Mr Putin said.

A former USA ambassador to Russian Federation says with a smaller staff, wait times for visas could "increase dramatically".

"If the USA side decides to move further towards further deterioration, we will answer, we will respond in kind", Sergei Ryabkov said on ABC's This Week.

"But my call, and my whole point is: don't do this", he added.

The bill was approved by large majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Political analyst Nikolai Shlyamin says McCain's consternation is understandable, given that Russian Federation is one of the few nations able to challenge U.S. hegemony.

"We are ready. We are stretching our hand forward", Ryabkov said. "The sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama last December and recently tightened by Congress did not appear out of thin air".

The US legislation, which also targets Iran and North Korea, seeks to punish Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

The world press reacted with fury to the Pyongyang nuclear missiles test, with the USA accusing Russian Federation of bearing "unique and special responsibility" for North Korea.

The Russian foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. If President Putin is to reverse these sanctions, thanks to the bill being passed into law, he will need the support of Congress, rather than the President. Speaking in Tallinn, Estonia, on Monday, Pence said that "the president and our Congress are unified in our message to Russian Federation - a better relationship, and the lifting of sanctions, will require Russian Federation to reverse the actions that caused the sanctions to be imposed in the first place".


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