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Evo Morales denounces Russia sanctions, calls US a 'threat'

"The United States can be described as a threat to multilateralism, international law and the United Nations," Morales wrote on Twitter.

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday slammed renewed U.S. sanctions against Russia, affirming that his country rejects them.

The Indigenous socialist leader announced his disapproval through his Twitter account. “The United States again seeks to impose unilateral sanctions against Russia. They contradict international law. Bolivia rejects them,” Morales tweeted. “With these types of sanctions, the U.S. can be described as a threat to multilateralism, international law and the United Nations,” he added in a second tweet.

The sanctions were implemented to punish Russia for so-called attempts to "destabilize" Ukraine and alleged "interference" in Syrian affairs. It includes a provision that allows Congress to stop any effort by U.S. President Donald Trump to ease existing sanctions on Russia.

The package has been described as the most severe since the end of the Cold War, with Russia being labeled a “hostile regime” along with Washington's traditional group of so-called “rogue states,” including Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK.

The White House reported that the president was "satisfied" with the draft and intends to sign it soon. With the sanctions in place, Trump’s plans to reconcile relations with Moscow will become increasingly difficult.

"We were waiting for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better, were holding out hope that the situation would change somehow. But it appears that even if it changes someday it will not change soon," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday.

The Russian president announced his intention to expel 755 U.S. diplomatic staff, seize two U.S. diplomatic properties and possibly impose more severe measures. "Because more than 1,000 workers - diplomats and support staff - were working and are still working in Russia, 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation," he said.

Moscow said on Friday that the United States has until Sept. 1 to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, matching the number of Russian diplomats left in the United States, after Washington expelled 35 Russian officials in December.

The move will be accompanied by the seizure of two diplomatic properties, which must be vacated by August 1 – a move intended to mirror the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States by the administration of former President Barack Obama.

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