Russia Decides against Expelling US Diplomats

World » RUSSIA | December 30, 2016, Friday // 16:18
Bulgaria: Russia Decides against Expelling US Diplomats Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo, EPA/BGNES

Russia will not tell US diplomats to leave despite Washington's decision to apply the measure, President Vladimir Putin has said.

The move comes following a proposal by the country's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, that Moscow apply the measure reciprocally as the US declared 35 Russian diplomats "persona non grata" on Thursday.

The Kremlin, however, will be led by "the policy pursued by the administration of President[-elect] Donald Trump" which will also define Moscow's next steps to mend fences with Washington, TASS news agency quotes Putin as saying.

The US announced it was expelling the diplomats over Russia's alleged role in cyber attacks with US officials argue were aimed at intefering with the November 08 presidential election.

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