Russian diplomats to leave the U.S. no later than January 1,

Russian diplomats to leave the U.S. no later than January 1,© REUTERS/ James Lawler Duggan

Russian diplomats declared persona non grata, to leave the United States before January 1, reports the press center of the Russian Embassy in Washington.

«They leave (USA — ed.) designed on a Charter flight within 72 hours (of receipt of the notification)» — leads the Agency Sputnik statement of the press center.

It is noted that leave US diplomats from Washington and San Francisco.

Earlier in the presidential administration told reporters that the departure of diplomats and members of their families in the United States will be sent to the plane of the special flight detachment «Russia» office of the President of the Russian Federation.

On Thursday the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions against nine Russian institutions, companies and individuals, including against the GRU and the FSB, for «meddling in the election» and «the pressure on us diplomats» working in Russia. The USA closed the Russian diplomats access to two residential complexes, the so — called suburban «summer cottages» of the permanent mission of the Russian Federation in new York and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, which is the Russian diplomatic property. In addition, persona non grata declared 35 Russian diplomats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will not send American diplomats in response to Washington’s actions. He stressed that according to established international practice, Russia has all grounds for an adequate response. Moscow reserves right to retaliate, but would not stoop to the level of «cooking» diplomacy, said the head of state. Putin described the hostile actions of the Obama administration as «provocative, aimed at further undermining Russian-American relations.»