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Russian Federation readying expulsion of 30 USA diplomats over diplomatic property seizure

Russian Federation readying expulsion of 30 USA diplomats over diplomatic property seizure”

Earlier reports said Moscow was also considering the seizure of US compounds in Russian Federation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik that Russian Federation has already prepared a "tough" response to the United States' seizure of its diplomatic property in NY and Maryland.

The issue of the confiscated compounds was raised during talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart, Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Russia's Izvestia daily reports, citing sources in the Russian Foreign Ministry. 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.

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Later in December, the Russian Foreign Ministry proposed expelling 35 USA diplomats as a tit-for-tat measure, but President Putin rejected the suggestion and called the move by the outgoing Obama administration a provocation. Moscow did not retaliate, saying it would wait to see if relations improved under the incoming USA president, Donald Trump.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is threatening "counter actions" against the United States over a pair of Russian diplomatic compounds seized by the United States past year.

He continued: "If this is not the case, if Washington decides not to solve this issue, we will have to take counter actions".

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Russian state-run media is reporting Moscow may expel 30 US diplomats in retaliation for the seizure of two compounds owned by the Russian government in NY and Maryland. The US closed Russian intelligence compounds in NY and Maryland.

The paper also reports that while the administration plans to seize the American summer house in a forest region outside of Moscow and a warehouse in the center of the city, it will not touch the residence of the American ambassador and the American worldwide school in St. Petersburg.

According to a source, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov will meet with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon next week to discuss the issue of Russian diplomatic property in the United States.

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Earlier, the newspaper said that the US dacha (summer house) in Serebryany Bor and a storage room in Moscow could be seized as part of the measures while Spaso House, the residence of the US Ambassador to Moscow, and the Ambassador's Anglo-American school in St. Petersburg will not be affected.



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