Russia Warns U.S.

On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry asserted that because Russia and the United States did not come to an agreement on Monday regarding Russian diplomatic property the U.S. had seized, Russia reserved “the right to take retaliatory measures,” according to Reuters.

Former President Barack Obama ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in December, alleging that Russia had hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. Russia denied and continues to deny that claim.

President Vladimir Putin said he would not retaliate until he saw how President Trump acted after becoming president.

On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon met, but no agreement was reached.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated:

The Russian side stressed (in the meeting) 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.

Russia is angry that U.S. officials have not issued visas to its diplomats, thus impeding the replacement of staff expelled in December.


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