Russian And American Diplomatic Crises
Russia announced a plan to expel most U.S. diplomatic officials from its territory after the U.S. Congress passed a sanctions bill targeting Russians who have bank accounts and properties in the U.S. The bill is expected to be signed by President Trump in a move that the administration hopes will quell suspicion that his campaign and administration has been colluding with the Russian government.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and Russia have been conducting military drills over Lithuania, a NATO member, and Belarus, a neighboring country highly dependent on Russia.
For analysis, we turn to Paul A. Goble, a former special advisor to the Secretary of State and Russia analyst, who says that it’s likely the administration won’t enforce the new sanctions and that the removal of American diplomats from Russia won’t hurt the U.S. much either.