Biden news: Russia expels 10 US diplomats as White House calls Adam Toledo shooting ‘chilling’

Matt Mathers,Samuel Osborne and Justin Vallejo
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 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Russia said it would expel 10 US diplomats in response to Joe Biden’s sanctions on the country over election interference and the SolarWinds cyber attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned they could take “painful measures” against American business interests, but were holding off on doing so immediately.

The White House, meanwhile, defended claims it was "passing the buck" on gun violence to Congress amid a new mass shooting at a FedEx centre in Indianapolis, and "chilling" footage of the death of 13-year-old boy Adam Toledo.

In a statement condemning an "epidemic" of gun violence, Biden called on Congress to pass gun control legislation to stem the tide of killings that have "become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation".

“Last night and into the morning in Indianapolis, yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones,” he said.

“Too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence. It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation.”