The ultimatum issued by the Russian leader is a display to voters at home that he is prepared to stand up to Washington - but is also carefully calibrated to avoid directly affecting the USA investment he needs, or burning his bridges with Trump.
Moscow had held off reacting in the hopes that the door to better US-Russia ties would be open under Trump, Jatras recalled.
According to CNBC reporter Kayla Tausche, the White House is claiming Trump has not signed the bill yet because he has not received the legislation from Congress. A State Department document from 2013 said that of the 1,279 people then employed by the USA mission, 934 were "locally employed" positions.
It was reported that now more than 1,200 U.S. embassy and consulate staff work in Russian Federation.
Vice President Mike Pence earlier in the day, however, said the new USA legislation, which was overwhelmingly passed by both houses of Congress, still allows Trump and the State Department to manage foreign policy.
To be effective, the president is going to have to work hard in order to fix a very failed foreign policy relationship between the USA and Russian Federation.
The american vice-president Mike Pence said Tuesday during a visit to Georgia, that Donald Trump would sign "shortly" this text, thus giving it the force of law.
To discuss the latest on the growing tensions between Russian Federation and the USA, along with the latest sanctions from America and Moscow's retaliation, CGTN's Asieh Namdar spoke with Kenneth Katzman, a senior analyst for the Congressional Research Service.
Yeah, sure. That's exactly what the establishment had in mind when it included Russian Federation in a punitive sanctions bill with Iran and North Korea - two other countries with whom the establishment wants warm relations, right? "But the recent diplomatic action taken by Moscow, I can assure you, will not deter the commitment of the United States to our security".
American diplomacy has, therefore, moved furniture and objects outside of the residence, while several police cars were deployed near the warehouse, located in the south of the Russian capital.
However, future Russian counter-sanctions would likely be asymmetrical in a manner to inflict real discomfort on the US, Jatras suggested. Putin said it means that the US will have to cut 755 of its staff, calling the blow "painful". Russian Federation seized and annexed Crimea, part of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, in 2014.
"What happened is a response to bad choices taken by President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation".
Now analysts agree that the Kremlin's decision to strike back at the United States showed Moscow had lost patience on Trump making good on his promises.
He said Russian Federation has a "very rich toolbox" at its disposal in terms of other possible moves.
The Russian leader did not explain how the figure of 755 positions was calculated.
The Trump administration's weakness has led to such decisions being taken by Congress.