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The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and infuriate his own Republican Party. It was not immediately clear how many USA diplomats now serve in Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly denied the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered using cyber warfare methods, has threatened retaliation against the legislation. He has threatened to retaliate, although he has not yet said how.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on a conference call Friday that Moscow had made a decision to retaliate before the bill went to Trump because "technically the form passed by the Senate is more important" and is "almost final".

Yet, with Russian legislators already clamouring for "painful" measures against the United States in retaliation for the new U.S. sanctions, Putin seemed eager to slow momentum toward a tit-for-tat diplomatic ruckus that would leave relations even more strained than they were under Obama.

President Vladimir Putin had warned on Thursday that Russian Federation had so far exercised restraint, but would have to retaliate against what he described as boorish and unreasonable USA behaviour.

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Putin said at the time that he would wait to see how Trump handled the issue before responding, and Trump praised his restraint. It also said it was barring the U.S. embassy from using a Moscow summer house and storage facility in the city from Aug 1.

"Of course such measures are impossible without authorization by the president", Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Putin approved the agreement on Wednesday, after the two chambers of the Russian parliament backed it earlier this month, according to the government's official information portal.

The ministry said the number was being cut to 455 diplomats. The Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying "not dozens but hundreds" of United States personnel would have to leave under the order.

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.

Lawmakers said they also made adjustments so the sanctions on Russia's energy sector didn't undercut the ability of US allies in Europe to get access to oil and gas resources outside of Russian Federation. The US Embassy said Tefft had expressed his "strong disappointment and protest".

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Most staff, including around 300 USA citizens, work in the main embassy in Moscow with others based in outlying consulates.

After Aug. 1, USA staff will also be barred from using a recreational property on the bucolic island of Serebryany Bor, along with being barred from using warehouses on Moscow's Dorozhnaya Street.

The outgoing Obama administration seized two Russian diplomatic compounds - one in NY and another in Maryland - at the same time as it expelled the Russian diplomats in December.

Despite the president's efforts, a federal probe into the election interference is only accelerating and the Republican-led Congress, wary of both Putin and where that investigation may lead, crafted provisions in the new legislation that would restrict the president's ability to lift sanctions.

Meanwhile, some European countries expressed concerns that the measures targeting Russia's energy sector would harm its businesses involved in piping Russian natural gas. "This will result in a new tectonic break between Washington and Brussels", Grivach told Sputnik, adding that the European Commission is considering a "tough response".

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"But I don't think these sorts of public floggings are very helpful", Cole said. "I had 40,000 people". And the only ones that are laughing are the Democrats and the Russians.

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