Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the US decided to expel Russian diplomats who had arrived in the country just two monts ago.

According to Zakharova, a total of 96 Russian diplomats and members of their families are forced to leave the United States.

“In fact, we are talking not only about diplomats, but also about members of their families. That’s 96 people, including children of school and pre-school age.

” On Thursday, US outgoing President Barack Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closing of two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York and new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities over Moscow’s alleged interference in the November US presidential election, which the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia “will not expel anyone” in response to US sanctions and will determine further steps in restoring ties with the United States depending on the policy of President-elect Donald Trump.

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