Russia Ready To Retaliate If US Continues Diplomatic Hostility

Russia Ready To Retaliate If US Continues Diplomatic Hostility
MOSCOW, July 18 (Bernama) — Moscow reserves the right to impose tit-for-tat measures if Washington does not remove obstacles to activities of Russian diplomatic institutions, China’s Xinhua news agency reported Russia’s Foreign Ministry, as saying.

On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held consultations with US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon in Washington on bilateral relations, including burning issues regarding the illegal seizure of Russian property in the United States by the administration of Barack Obama, the former president.

“The Russian side stressed that if Washington did not eliminate this and other irritants, including the continued efforts to hinder the functioning of Russian diplomatic missions, it had the right to respond on the basis of the principle of reciprocity,” the ministry said in a statement.

It also said that the attention of the US partners was drawn again to the fact that Russia was in favour of resuming regular dialogue on this issue, which was interrupted by the previous US leadership, adding that now it’s Washington’s turn to act.