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Kremlin visit for children of diplomats expelled by US

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/01/2017
In this photo released by the Kremlin Press service via Sputnik agency, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an undated recording of his annual televised New Year's message in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, . President Vladimir Putin invoked a bit of seasonal enchantment in his New Year's Eve remarks to the nation. The recorded message was being televised just before midnight Saturday in each of Russia's nine time zones. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin Press Service, Sputnik, via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo released by the Kremlin Press service via Sputnik agency, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an undated recording of his annual televised New Year's message in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, . President Vladimir Putin invoked a bit of seasonal enchantment in his New Year's Eve remarks to the nation. The recorded message was being televised just before midnight Saturday in each of Russia's nine time zones. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin Press Service, Sputnik, via AP)

MOSCOW — A Russian state news agency says that the children of Russian diplomats expelled by the United States are being invited to a holiday gathering at the Kremlin.

The White House on Thursday ordered 35 diplomats out of the country as part of measures aimed at punishing Russia for alleged hacking interference in the U.S. presidential election. Many of them and their families arrived in Moscow early Monday.

Some officials complained that the expulsion ruined families' celebrations of New Year's Eve, Russia's main gift-giving festivity.

Elena Krylova, a spokeswoman for the presidential affairs administration, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying that a visit for the children to see the holiday tree in the State Kremlin Palace is being organized.

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