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Russia retaliates against Biden's sanctions by announcing it will expel 10 US diplomats

April 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Traffic passes the Radisson Royal Ukraine Hotel, center, on the banks of the River Moskva in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Biden administration is poised to impose a raft of new sanctions on Russia, including long-feared restrictions on buying new sovereign debt, in retaliation for alleged misconduct including the SolarWinds hack and efforts to disrupt the U.S. election, according to people familiar with the matter. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Russia will expel 10 US diplomats, part of a series of measures meant to retaliate for President Joe Biden's sweeping sanctions against the Kremlin Thursday.

(CNN)Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Russia will expel 10 US diplomats, part of a series of measures meant to retaliate for President Joe Biden's sweeping sanctions against the Kremlin Thursday.

Lavrov, speaking at a press conference in Moscow with his Serbian counterpart, described it as a "tit-for-tat response" to the Biden administration's Thursday announcement of sanctions to punish Moscow for its interference in the 2020 US election, its SolarWinds cyberattack and its ongoing occupation and "severe human rights abuses" in Crimea.

Those measures included the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats in Washington, including "representatives of Russian intelligence services," for the cyber hack and the election meddling.

We will also ask 10 US diplomats to leave our country," Lavrov said.

Lavrov said Russia will place eight US officials on a sanctions list, without specifying who would be targeted.

"Some time ago, before the package [of sanctions] recently announced by Biden, the Americans added eight representatives of Russian structures, the Russian leadership, including the presidential administration and the Prosecutor General's Office, to the sanctions list," Lavroc said.

Biden said Thursday that the newly announced sanctions against Russia are a proportionate response to cyber-attacks against the US and interference in two presidential elections, but also emphasized that "now is the time to de-escalate" tensions with the country.

Biden said during remarks at the White House that he told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a call earlier in the week that he could have gone further with the measures.

On Thursday, Lavrov said Russia is considering more "painful" measures against US businesses.

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