Russian Federation mulling 'retaliation' over U.S. seizure of diplomatic premises

Russian Federation mulling 'retaliation' over U.S. seizure of diplomatic premises

Russian Federation mulling 'retaliation' over U.S. seizure of diplomatic premises

Citing sources it has within the Russian Foreign Ministry, Izvestia reported that Russia is planning to expel some 30 US diplomats and seize USA diplomatic property in response.

Russian president Vladimir Putin had decided not to replicate by expelling, in turn, u.s. diplomats, inviting them to the contrary, their children to the traditional feast held in the Kremlin on the occasion of the New Year and the orthodox Christmas.

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However, the issue of how Russian Federation might decide to retaliate against the U.S. should not be discussed in public with mass media, Lavrov stated.

Retaliatory measures were anticipated at the time, but President Vladimir Putin chose to wait, saying that Russian Federation would not join a "catfight" in response to the "unfriendly actions of the outgoing US administration".

A dacha complex owned by the US Embassy at Serebyany Bor outside Moscow may be one of those premises. He mentioned, however, that Moscow would seek justice and demand that worldwide norms regarding diplomatic property be observed. The US decision, said the report, forced Russian Federation to take a tit-for-tat response.

"If this does not happen, if we see that this step is not seen as essential in Washington, then of course we will take retaliatory measures".

The step would not show negative attitude of Russian Federation for the U.S., but remind the others to follow worldwide law, diplomatic etiquette, and protocol while dealing with Russian Federation. Putin in December ruled out kicking out American diplomats, a move interpreted as Moscow's intention to build ties with a new White House administration, over the alleged cyber hacking, dubbed Grizzly Steppe by United States officials.

In the meantime, the current USA administration still faces pressure from some parts of the establishment in regard to the Russian diplomatic compounds issue.

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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