Previously, the measure 35 to expel American diplomats were offered the foreign Ministry in response to the expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats from the United States
Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected on Friday the proposal of the Ministry of foreign Affairs on the symmetric response to the sanctions announced on Thursday by the Obama administration, and to declare 35 American diplomats “undesirable persons”: “We’re not going to send”. Putin added that the children of American diplomats accredited in Russia, invited to the new year and Christmas tree in the Kremlin.
Earlier the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian foreign Ministry has proposed to declare persona non grata 35 American diplomats – 31 employee of the Embassy in Moscow and four from the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.
This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
The measure proposed in response to the expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats from the United States in connection with accusations of cyberattacks on American political organizations in the run-up to presidential elections.
“Of course, we can’t leave such a thing unanswered. Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and international relations, – said the Minister. – Therefore the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia together with colleagues from other departments introduced the President of Russia a proposal to declare persona non grata 31 employee of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and 4 diplomats from the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg. In addition, it is proposed to prohibit Americans from enjoying their cottage in the Silver forest and the warehouse on the street. We hope that these suggestions will be considered in the most expeditious manner”.
Lavrov also said that US charges of meddling in Russian American elections are unfounded. According to him, the Obama administration accused Russia “of all mortal sins, including the failure of its foreign policy initiatives.”
Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed regret that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama finishes his term “anti-agony”.
“It is sad that the Obama administration, which started life with the restoration of cooperation, ending it anti-agony. RIP,” wrote Medvedev in his microblog on Twitter.
In English the RIP means “rest in peace” – a clear allusion to the imminent end of the administration of President Obama, who will be given the authority to Donald Trump 20 Jan.
President Barack Obama imposed new sanctions against Russia in connection with its cyber-attacks, meddling in the November presidential elections and other actions, including hostile actions against American diplomats in Moscow.
Obama called these measures “necessary and appropriate response to acts intended to harm American interests contrary to accepted international norms of behavior.”
The sanctions imposed by the President on Thursday directed against nine individuals and legal entities: the Russian intelligence services GRU and FSB, four officers of the GRU and the three companies that provided material support to the cyber operations of the GRU.
In addition, under the sanctions were Russian Evgeny Bogachev and Alexei Belan, which the Ministry of Finance called “inveterate criminals” responsible for stealing more than $ 100 million from U.S. banks and companies.
In addition, 35 Russian diplomats in Washington and Consulate in San Francisco was given 72 hours to leave the country because they acted “contrary to accepted international norms of behavior.”
The Russian authorities also denied access to two Russian diplomatic facility in Maryland and new York. This was done in response to oppression and physical violence against American diplomats in Moscow.