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U.S. reportedly expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes 2 compounds

In response to "Russian harassment of American diplomats" in Moscow, the United States on Thursday expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland, a senior U.S. official told Reuters.

The Russian diplomats will have 72 hours to leave the U.S., and as of noon on Friday, access to the compounds will be denied to all Russian officials. The U.S. official said the United States has assessed that "actions by the diplomats" are "not consistent with diplomatic practice." President Obama also issued sanctions Thursday against Russian entities and individuals for cyber attacks that took place before the 2016 presidential election.