Russia Considers Expelling US Diplomats In Retaliation For Seized Compounds

12 July, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Ora Austin
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The U.S. authorities seized two Russian diplomatic compounds, one in Maryland and another on Long Island, at the same time.

The Izvestia newspaper reported a Foreign Ministry source claimed Russian Federation is considering the expulsion of around 30 USA diplomats if the compounds are not returned.

Lavrov also emphasized that although the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries "are not yet prepared for such a talk", "positive trends in their ranks" can already been seen.

Klimov also said that the response would "not demonstrate Russia's negative attitude towards the United States", but be a reminder that respect should be shown and worldwide law, diplomatic etiquette, and protocol be observed when dealing with Russian Federation.

Russian Foreign minster Sergery Lavrov told a state TV station that the Kremlin is still outraged that Washington hasn't given back the diplomatic estates, which Obama ordered taken as punishment for Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Rybakov said Tuesday that Moscow has prepared a "tough response" to Washington in retaliation for the arrest of Russian diplomatic property.

In response to the recent round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, Moscow is planning to strike back by expelling at least 30 American diplomats and seizing USA state property in the country, a senior Kremlin official told Russian newspaper Izvestiya.

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"We are forced to draw a line and answer in a similar way", Klimov told Izvestiya.

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

Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the issue at the G-20 summit in Germany last week. The US closed Russian intelligence compounds in NY and Maryland.

However, the United States ambassador's Spaso House residence and the Anglo-American School in St Petersburg would not be affected.

In the meantime, the current U.S. administration still faces pressure from some parts of the establishment in regard to the Russian diplomatic compounds issue.

"The return of these two facilities to Russian Federation while the Kremlin refuses to address its influence campaign against the United States would embolden President Vladimir Putin and invite a risky escalation in the Kremlin's destabilizing actions against democracies worldwide", read the letter signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), as cited by AP.



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