Ambassador John Tefft summoned to foreign ministry to be told of decision, which may cause hundreds of job losses

Russia has ordered the US to slash its diplomatic presence in Russia – potentially forcing hundreds of embassy employees in the country to leave their jobs – after Congress approved a new wave of sanctions against Moscow over its interference in last year’s US election.

The move appears to signal the end of Moscow’s hopes for a new and improved relationship with the US under Donald Trump’s presidency.

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