Moscow announced a possible response in connection with the withdrawal of the US Russian diplomatic property in this country.
The adviser-envoy of the Russian embassy in the United States, Denis Gonchar, in an interview with RIA Novosti reported that the American authorities have become aware of the nature of the response steps.
He noted that the Russian side is seeking an early return of its property, but “while the State Department is inertia trying to link the positive solution to the issue of providing the Americans with a land plot in St. Petersburg for the construction of a new building for their consulate general.” “We consider such visits to be inappropriate, since in Russia the US did not select anything belonging to them by right of ownership,” the Russian diplomat explained.
Nevertheless, he expressed the hope that the parties “will still be able to resolve the situation in a constructive manner.” “Otherwise, we will be compelled to take countermeasures against American diplomatic capacity in our country according to the principle of reciprocity that has been adopted in diplomatic practice.” The American side is aware of what such measures can be, but that would not be our choice, “stressed Gonchar .
The administration of US President Barack Obama in late December 2016 imposed sanctions against nine Russian institutions, companies and individuals, including against the GRU and the FSB, for “interference in the elections” and “pressure on American diplomats” working in Russia. Also, the US closed access to two residential complexes – the so-called suburban dachas of the Russian Federation’s permanent residence in New York and the Russian embassy in Washington, which are Russian diplomatic property. In addition, 35 Russian diplomats were declared persona non grata.
Russia has repeatedly denied the accusations of the American special services in trying to influence the elections in the United States, and the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov called them “absolutely unsubstantiated.”
Original: Москва предупредила США о возможном ответе на изъятие дипсобственности РФ