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Putin Hopes Retaliation Stops After Ousting 755 U.S. Staff

  • ‘We waited for a rather long time,’ Putin says of response
  • Official says Russia will answer in kind if U.S. acts further
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Moscow is expelling hundreds of U.S. diplomats in retaliation for new sanctions approved by Congress. Bloomberg’s Ramy Inocencio reports on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Vladimir Putin said he hoped there wouldn’t be a need for further retaliation against Washington after his government ordered the U.S. to slash staff at its diplomatic missions in Russia by 755, or nearly two-thirds, in retaliation for new sanctions approved by Congress.

“We waited for a rather long time, thinking that things might improve, nourished the hope that the situation would change somehow,” Russia’s president said in an interview with state television broadcast Sunday, his first comments on the issue since the Foreign Ministry announced the move on Friday. “But by all indications, if it does change, it won’t be soon.”