Russia had originally threatened the ouster of diplomats and seizure of property in December after the USA ordered 35 Russian envoys out of the US and seized two embassy compounds outside NY and Washington in protest of alleged Russian meddling in the election.
Moscow's latest move comes a day after the US Senate passed sweeping legislation slapping new sanctions on Russian Federation and limiting President Donald Trump's ability to remove them.
It also warned the USA it would respond in kind if Washington chose to expel any Russian diplomats.
The sanctions, which the U.S. House of Representatives has passed, have yet to be approved by the Senate or Trump. Those sanctions also include punishments for Iran and North Korea.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call later on Friday that Moscow was forced to respond to what he described as "illegal sanctions against Russia, libelous statements against it, a massive expulsion of diplomats and expropriation of our diplomatic property". His vow to extend a hand of cooperation to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been met with resistance as skeptical lawmakers look to limit the president's leeway to go easy on Moscow over its meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", Scaramucci said on CNN's "New Day", calling Trump's strategy on sanctions part of his "counterintuitive, counterpunching personality".
If he opts for a veto, the bill can become law anyway if two-thirds of both the House and Senate vote for an override. But White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested Trump in fact wanted stronger sanctions.
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President Trump intends to sign a bill providing sweeping sanctions against Russian Federation, the White House announced on Friday night.
Earlier on Thursday, Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters: "I would guess that he (Trump) will sign it".
The Russia sanctions in H.R. 3364 are an unusual signal of disapproval of Trump from congressional Republicans.
The legislation puts Trump in a hard position.
Putin said on a visit to Finland on Thursday that Russian Federation was "exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate".
"It is a great pity that Russian-American relations are being sacrificed to this domestic, internal American issue", Putin said at a news conference in Savonlinna, Finland. "And now these sanctions - they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of global law".