06:30 GMT14 August 2020
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    Former US Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul on Friday welcomed the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to not expel US diplomats in a response to the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Washington.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — 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, repeatedly denied by Russian authorities as groundless.

    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.

    "I applaud Putin decision today. Good for US diplomats," McFaul said on Twitter.

    "Putin has done well today, I agree," the former ambassador added in Russian.

    McFaul served as the US ambassador to Russia in 2012-2014. Currently McFaul is a professor of political science at Stanford University in California.


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