The foreign Ministry has invited President Vladimir Putin to declare persona non grata 35 American diplomats working in Russia. Such a measure, according to the Department, will be an adequate response to the decision of the outgoing administration of Barack Obama to impose new sanctions against Russia.
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The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that “tricks” the American side should not remain unanswered. In this regard, he introduced the Russian President’s proposal to expel 31 employee of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and four employees of the American Consulate General in St. Petersburg, reports RIA Novosti.
In addition, according to Lavrov, Moscow is in response to anti-Russian actions of the US administration to deny U.S. diplomats to use a dacha in Serebryany Bor, and a warehouse on the street Road. “We hope that these proposals will be considered in the most expeditious manner,” said the Minister.
Recall that earlier, the White house also announced the expulsion from Washington and San Francisco in 35 Russian diplomats, which Barack Obama called “employees of the Russian intelligence”, and the closure of two diplomatic residential complexes of the Russian Federation in the States of new York and Maryland.
Lavrov has protested the decision of the us authorities. According to him, these Russian objects was to entertain children during the winter holidays. “And these cottages announced spy nests, as I understand from the message of the American administration” — quoted Lavrov TASS.
Earlier, President Barack Obama signed an Executive order to expand sanctions against Russia, accusing Moscow of organizing hacker attacks and trying to influence American elections. Under the restrictions were Russian individuals and agencies, including the FSB and the GRU.
In the Kremlin, the actions of the American side considered it an act of “predictable aggression of people who are three weeks to go.” Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has promised that Moscow will take adequate retaliatory measures.
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