Russia says it is ready to expel about 30 US diplomats and seize us state property in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions,

The threat came from Russian Foreign Ministry sources, quoted by the Daily Izvestia.

In December the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two intelligence compounds.

The measures were a response to alleged Russian meddling in the US election.

Ex-President Barack Obama acted against Russia after US intelligence sources had accused Russian State agents of hacking into democratic party computers to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Izvestia reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the issue of the Obama sanctions with US President Donald Trump when they met in Hamburg on 7 July.