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Trump Administration Just Booted More Russian Diplomats From the US

04 September, 2017, 06:52 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Donald Trump's company was pursuing a Moscow real estate deal while he was running for U.S. president in late 2015 and early 2016

The closing of the Russian diplomatic posts is an act of "impudence" which Moscow should retaliate for, said Andrei Klimov, the deputy head of the foreign affairs committee of the upper house of parliament, according to state news service RIA Novosti.

Since December, the two countries have been engaged in an increasingly heated diplomatic tit-for-tat.

However, Trump looked at this move from a different angle and he thanked Russian Federation saying it was in favour of United States.

DONALD TRUMP: I want to thank him because we're trying to cut down on payroll. And now, they can only apply in Moscow. It gave Moscow 48 hours to comply. Noting the current state of relations, Moscow has appointed a hawkish new ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, known as a hardliner and a tough negotiator with a deep suspicion of the United States.

They were announced in response to an order by the Russian government last month to reduce the number of American diplomatic staff allowed in their country, according to a statement by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. "The time has come to resume joint meetings of Russia's and the United States" foreign and defence ministers in a "two plus two' format", Antonov said in an interview published on the Kommersant business daily's web site.

Moscow also took back property used by American mission staff in the Russian capital, barring embassy workers from the retreat in the renowned Serebryany Bor park and forest area as well as storage facilities in the south of Moscow.




May 10: Trump meets with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.

Donald Trump won the presidential election in November and is now under investigation about possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government.

ALEXANDER: That decision from Vladimir Putin last month responding to new US sanctions for Moscow's interfering in the election by expelling 755 American diplomats. Lavrov calls it "robbery in broad daylight". "As you might have noticed, we waited quite some time in the hope things would change for the better", Putin told state television at the end of July. The measures target Russia's defense, intelligence, energy, railways, metals and mining sectors. Still, Nauert noted in her statement that the US has "fully implemented" the Russian order, which had set its deadline for Friday.

This is another stage in the ongoing back and forth retaliation between the USA and Russian Federation.

The bill was sent to President Trump, however his reluctance in signing the bill was evident. Russians would no longer be able to apply for visas at United States consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

August 31: The Trump administration orders three Russian diplomatic facilities in San Francisco, New York and Washington closed following the expulsion of American diplomats from Russia.

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