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12/29/2016 05:22 pm ET

Kremlin Says Putin Will Order Appropriate Response To U.S. Sanctions

Washington's rebuke includes the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2016.
Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2016.

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia would harm relations between Moscow and Washington.

Dmitry Peskov said Putin would order an “appropriate” retaliation to the sanctions, which included the expulsion of 35 diplomats.

In a conference call with reporters, Peskov said Moscow doubted the effectiveness of the measures as the current U.S. presidential administration was stepping down in three weeks.

In addition to the expulsions, Washington closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to what it called a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Wtiting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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