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Tillerson: U.S. Will Respond To Russian Diplomatic Expulsions

After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday said the U.S. would issue its response by Sept. 1 to Moscow’s July 30 announcement that it is expelling 755 U.S. embassy and consulate staff from Russia. Tillerson said he told Lavrov the U.S. hasn’t yet decided how it will respond to the expulsions, Moscow’s retaliation for new U.S. sanctions against Russia, and asked “several clarifying questions” about the move. Lavrov told reporters he had explained how Russia would carry out its response, which includes closing a U.S. recreation retreat outside Moscow, but did not provide details. The U.S. is thought to have fewer than 755 Americans working at its Russian consulates and embassy.

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