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Russia seizes two US properties in Moscow, orders sack of diplomats

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The Russian government has seized two U.S.-owned diplomatic properties and has ordered the US to cut its diplomatic staff by September 1, 2017.

The New York Times reports the Kremlin will on August 1, cut off American access to a Moscow warehouse and a leafy enclave where U.S. staffers often walk their dogs.

The actions came one day after a U.S. Senate vote to slap new sanctions on Moscow for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election and aggression in Crimea and Ukraine.

The ministry has also threatened that if Washington kicks out any additional Russian diplomats, Russia will retaliate further.

The escalating tensions may soon force President Trump to take a hard line on Moscow—or veto the legislation and anger his own party and country.

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