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"No De-escalation": Moscow Expels 10 US Diplomats In Sanctions Retaliation

The expected Russia reaction to Biden's Thursday sanctions rollout for the alleged SolarWinds hack and general election 'interference' charges has come: ten US diplomats have been expelled from Russia on order of the foreign ministry. This is the precise number that the US ordered booted from the Russian embassy in Washington.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a Friday press briefing announced, "Ten diplomats were on a list the US side handed over to us asking to ensure their leaving the United States. We will give a tit-for-tat response to that. We will also ask ten US diplomats to leave our country." He added further that "the Americans will be asked to bring the number of employees in Russia in line with the number of Russians in the United States."

He also charged that American NGOs as well as US funds will be banned from "interfering" in Russian affairs, but it's unclear the exact actions the Kremlin will take. He further teased that Russia still holds out the possibility of inflicting "painful measures" on US businesses, but stopped short by saying it won't go that far at this time.

Earlier in the day Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed Washington's "addiction to sanctions" which remains "unacceptable" - explaining further "President Putin has spoken about the appropriateness of building relations, normalizing relations and de-escalating relations."