A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats, expelled from the United States over Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential election, took off from Washington on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported.
“The plane has taken off. Everyone is on board,” said the Russian embassy in Washington, quoted by the state-owned Ria Novosti agency. Relatives of the diplomats were also on board, making 96 in all.
The expulsions were part of a package of sanctions ordered by President Barack Obama on Thursday. US intelligence says the Kremlin ordered a hack-and-release of emails from within the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in an effort to put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Moscow has denied the allegations.