The western media is painting this as retaliation against the recent sanctions. It is not. Russia had still to respond to the totally illegal confiscation of Russian properties in the US on 31 December last year.
It is, in my mind an action that is LONG overdue.
Putin: 755 US diplomats to depart Russia, time to show we won’t leave anything unanswered
30 July, 2017
More than 750 American diplomats will have to leave Russia as a result of Washington's own policies, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in an exclusive interview with the Rossiya 1 TV channel.