In the state Duma of the Russian Federation supported response measures for the expulsion from Russia of U.S. diplomats, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky, reports RIA Novosti.
“The announcement of 35 U.S. diplomats persona non grata is a completely appropriate response to aggressive and poorly explained actions of the US against Russia,” – said the Deputy.
As is known, the Russian foreign Ministry invites Russian President Vladimir Putin to send 35 American diplomats from Russia as a response to similar actions of Washington.
“Of course we can’t leave such a thing unanswered, reciprocity is the law of diplomacy in international relations, therefore, the Russian foreign Ministry jointly with our colleagues from other departments made proposals to the Russian President about to declare persona non grata 31 employee of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and four other diplomats from the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg”, – said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
We will remind, US authorities on Thursday announced the introduction of sanctions against several Russian citizens and companies, accusing them of organizing and executing cyber-attacks on American political institutions.
In addition, Washington to expel 35 Russian diplomats on charges of intelligence activities and close two Russian diplomatic institutions in the U.S. on the same basis. Washington also accused Moscow of harassment of American diplomats and organizations working in Russia.
The team of Donald trump said that imposed by the Obama administration sanctions against Russia aimed at the case against the elected President of the USA. “Even those who are sympathetic to President Obama for most items indicate that what he did today is part of the measures which may be called the desire to “corner” President-elect trump,” said assistant Kellin Conway.
The Russian foreign Ministry called the Obama team “group of losers”.
According to media reports, expelled from U.S., Russian diplomats were in a very delicate situation.