>> Russian President Vladimir Putin saying Moscow will expel 755 U.S. diplomats.>> And could impose additional measures against the United States in response to new US sanctions against Russia. The dramatic reduction announced by Putin during a Russian TV interview Sunday, heightening US- Russia tensions and coming on the heels of Congress passing new sanctions against Russia, which President Trump is expected to sign.
Vice President Mike Pence reaffirming that decision during an overseas trip, Sunday.>> Well, the President's made it very clear that Russia's destabilizing activities, it's support for rogue regimes>> Its activities in Ukraine are unacceptable. And the president made it very clear that very soon, he will sign the sanctions from the Congress of the United States to reinforce that.
>> The new US sanctions also coming in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and to further punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.>> Putin's announcement clarifies Russia's remarks on Friday that the US has until September first to reduce its diplomatic staff.
455 people can remain, matching the number of Russian diplomats left in the US after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December. Moscow said it would also seize two US diplomatic properties. Putin saying Sunday that Moscow was holding out hope that the situation with the US would change, but adding quote, it appears that even if it changes someday, it will not change soon.