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parade of moving trucks, the first sign the White House is complying with an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin to cut its diplomatic presence in Moscow, carrying furniture and equipment from a compound owned by U.S. Embassy. The Dacha used as a weekend retreat and special events site, is one of two properties being seized by the Kremlin as the two countries' relationship plummets to yet another low.
The other site, this warehouse blocked by Russian police. It's retaliation for a new package of sanctions approved by US Congress as further punishment for the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and alleged intervention in the 2016 Presidential Election, a charge Russia has always denied. President Donald Trump intends to authorize the sanctions.
Putin hass ordered the US cut roughly 60% of its 1,200 diplomatic staff. A source at the American Embassy telling Reuters a mood of pessimism and depression has hit employees coming to terms with the situation. But the impact won't be as heavy handed as the symbolism could suggest. The majority of those who work at the Embassy are local Russian citizens.
It may be that no US diplomats are forced out at all. And Russia hasn't retaliated in a way that would affect its economic relationship with the states or big American investors. The two leaders not burning their bridges to each other completely for now.