Russia ready to retaliate in US diplomatic row
22 July, 2017
Russia's Foreign Ministry said last Tuesday that Moscow has reserved the right to take retaliatory measures against the US after a meeting in Washington a day earlier ended without a deal on returning seized Russian diplomatic property, news wires reported. Last December, US President Barack Obama ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats over, what he said, was their involvement in the 2016 US presidential election campaign, something Russia flatly denies.
Moscow expected the row ro be resolved last Monday at a meeting in Washington between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon. But the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a resolution to the problem had not yet been found. “The Russian side stressed that if Washington does not remove this and other irritants, including continued obstacles to the work of our diplomatic institutions, we reserve the right to take retaliatory measures based on the principle of reciprocity,” the statement said.
Russia wanted to resume regular dialogue with the US about strategic stability, but according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, it was up to Washington to make a move on the issue.