It is now clear that the atmosphere between Putin and Trump at the G-20 meetings in Hamburg was far from cordial, as they sparred over Syria's use of lethal weapons against its own citizens, Russia's support for Bashar Assad and its alleged interference in the United States election. "As of today, I'm against it".
The Russian move would lower the total staff to 455-the same number Russia has in the US. I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization. First, President Putin's efforts to influence the outcome of the U.S. elections ought to surprise no-one.
"It's possible that Russian Federation could hit United States companies, if things got very bad", says Mr. Lukyanov.
Russian authorities on Wednesday took over a summer-house compound in Moscow leased by the U.S. embassy, five days after the Kremlin ordered Washington to slash its diplomatic presence in Russia.
That Russians who will lose their jobs might actually not be seen as a bad thing by the government or Kremlin.
The votes in Congress, 98-2 in the Senate and 419-3 in the House, were strong signs that lawmakers do not trust Trump to stand up to Putin, whom Trump has repeatedly praised, amid the widening federal investigation into possible coordination a year ago between Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow.
Pence delivered a blunt message for Mr. Putin, noting that "recent diplomatic actions taken by Moscow will not deter the commitment of the United States to our security, that of our allies and to freedom-loving nations around the world".
"We have many times talked about the complete absurdity and lack of basis for so-called Russiagate", Peskov said. According to the results, 34 percent of respondents do not have a clear answer, 29 percent say that Russian Federation should not react, and 19 percent call for retaliatory measures.
"This retaliation is long, long overdue", Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. New US sanctions against Russian Federation for its aggression against its neighbors and its unproven interference in last year's American presidential election represent a witch-hunt.
"Russia is a big and resilient country that has more than adequately demonstrated that it can not be sanctioned to its knees", says Andrei Klimov, deputy chair of the worldwide affairs commission of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament.
"It was a case of the head overruling the heart and I expect exactly the same response this time", said Chris Weafer, senior partner at Macro-Advisory consultancy in Moscow. "Russians will have to wait much longer to get a visa", he said by email.
However, despite this, the lowest point in bilateral relations since the end of the Cold War, the two powers may still find some common ground for cooperation.
Since then, the early months of Trump's presidency have been consumed by numerous investigations of Russian meddling in the election, including whether Trump aides colluded with Moscow to help him win and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director leading the agency's Russia investigation.
A "totally unwarranted, disproportionate move by the Kremlin", Andrew Weiss, a former top Russian Federation expert on the National Security Council and now vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said on Twitter. It also declared the closure of a US recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow and warehouse facilities.