Russian Federation may retaliate expulsion of diplomats under Obama
- Author: Megan Austin Jul 12, 2017,
Jul 12, 2017, 0:28
If the compromise is not found there, we will have to take such measures, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told the Izvestiya newspaper.
Ex-President Barack Obama acted against Russia after U.S. intelligence sources had accused Russian state agents of hacking into Democratic Party computers to undermine Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
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.
Trump has explicitly endorsed the idea that Russian hackers may have played a role in last year's presidential election but have categorically denied any direct collusion between members of his campaign and Russian officials. At this point any concessions to Russian Federation would be highly controversial, in light of current investigations in America into alleged links between Mr Trump's team and Moscow. Six months later, relations have not only not normalized but have deteriorated further following the latest round of sanctions against Russian Federation despite daily allegations that Trump colluded with the Kremlin to convince several million Americans to vote against Hillary.
Moscow is working on retaliatory measures for the closure in the United States of two Russian diplomatic compounds and expulsion of 35 diplomats, as Washington stalls on the issue, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, amid reports that United States officials could be expelled. The latest threat - via a foreign ministry source in a pro-Kremlin newspaper - may be created to increase the pressure on Washington, ahead of US-Russia talks on the issue.
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Mr Putin refrained from tit-for-tat retaliation - unlike in previous diplomatic spats.
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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The source said the measures will take effect if the issue is not resolved at a meeting between Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy foreign minister, and Thomas Shannon, a U.S. under secretary of state, in St Petersburg next week.
However, the United States ambassador's Spaso House residence and the Anglo-American School in St Petersburg would not be affected.