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12 July 2017, 12:30 | Katrina Lee
Russia Considers Expelling US Diplomats In Retaliation For Seized Compounds
"If there is no compromise after that, we will have to take these measures", the official told Izvestia.
Ex-President Barack Obama acted against Russia after USA intelligence sources had accused Russian state agents of hacking into Democratic Party computers to undermine Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
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 a year ago.
Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the issue at the G-20 summit in Germany last week. 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.
Andrey Klimov, a senator in the upper house of Russia's parliament, told Izvestiya that Russian Federation had already waited more than six months for the Trump administration to improve the relationship between the two countries and was now forced to strike back.
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He pointed to stretched police resources around the G-20 summit as well as Germany's current tensions with Turkey. Merkel told the German parliament Thursday that "protectionism can not be a solution" to the world's problems.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is mulling tit-for-tat steps in response to its seized diplomatic mansions in the United States.
The Obama administration said it took the action against Russian Federation in response to alleged interference in the United States elections.
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. The US closed Russian intelligence compounds in NY and Maryland.
"There is a preliminary agreement on holding a meeting between Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ryabkov and U.S. under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon in St. Petersburg". In the wake Trump's meeting with Putin, the perception among administration critics is that the White House is too eager to appease Moscow in areas where its policy conflicts with Washington.
The US and its Western allies have also imposed wide-ranging sanctions on Russian Federation because of Moscow's role in the Ukraine conflict.
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