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Monday, March 19, 2018

“This ban – others will come”: the Russian response to the arrest of departmenti

The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Russia is preparing a response to the confiscation of diplomatic property of Russia in the United States. Russian real estate in new York and Maryland was arrested back in December — as “punishment” for the alleged Moscow’s intervention in the American presidential election. But with the arrival of Donald trump for President, the situation has not changed, and apparently, the patience of the Russian side burst. The analyst told the “MK” of how the Kremlin may respond to the White house.

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“Response prepared. This issue will be resolved not only in the Ministry of foreign Affairs,” — said Maria Zakharova in an interview with TV channel “Russia 1”. “They know it, they repeatedly said,” — she added.

Two houses in new York and Maryland, in question, belonged to Russia since the Soviet times and was used for the rest of the diplomats, so they are also called “dachas”. But in December last year, the Obama administration confiscated the property and expelled from the country for 35 Russian diplomats. The formal reason was the alleged attempt by Moscow to influence the outcome of the presidential election with the help of hacker attacks, Washington argued that “giving” was used for the collection and processing of intelligence.

Moscow considers the arrest of his property in America as a hostile act and emphasizes that this issue should be addressed first, so that bilateral relations could move forward. In early June, in the American mass media there was information that in the White house intend to return the arrested property of the Russian Federation, but no progress in this direction has not occurred. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov after meeting with his American colleague Rex Tillerson said in the White house understand that the seizure of Russian property were unlawful and are ready to solve problems. But his hopes have not been realized.

“Apparently, the American Ambassador may lose residence in Moscow — suggested in comments for “MK” the General Director of the Center for political information Alexei Mukhin. — This possibility was discussed, but I will not say that the foreign Minister. Sense to send American diplomats there. If they ban the entry into Russia, then others will come with another method of work. And those we already know. But to restrict the activities and movement of diplomats from the United States on the territory of Russia is possible. And it is becoming quite a painful blow, because American diplomats always jealous of the ability to freely move through the territory of Russia, conduct intimate conversations with non-system opposition and so forth.”

“The question of the return of the Russian departmenti not as simple as it seems, — says head of Sector of internal and external policy of the USA, IMEMO ran Victoria Zhuravleva. because trump in recent months is under very close scrutiny during the investigation of Russian interference in the elections. Here, every step he took towards Russia can be regarded not in his favor, that is, as proof that trump really cooperated with Moscow. He is now absolutely do not need a surge of suspicion on the part of Congress, he tries not to provoke him in any way. Especially, that soon he will meet with Putin, and is in itself a great provocation”.


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