Moscow has warned the United States about the response to the withdrawal of the Russian departmenti

© Flickr / Kent WangПосольство Russia to the United States. Archival photoMoscow has warned the United States about the response to the withdrawal of the Russian departmenti© Flickr / Kent Wang

In Moscow said on possible retaliatory measures in connection with the seizure of US-Russian diplomatic property in this country.

Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in the US, Dennis Potter in an interview with RIA Novosti said that on the nature of the response of the American government is aware.

He noted that the Russian side is seeking the speedy return of their property, however, «while the Department of state of inertia trying to link a positive solution to the issue of providing Americans a land plot in St. Petersburg for the construction of a new building of their Consulate General». «We believe that such approaches are inappropriate, because in Russia the US has nothing belonging to them by right of ownership is not selected,» — said the Russian diplomat.

However, he expressed hope that the parties «did manage to resolve the situation in a constructive way». «Otherwise we will be forced to take retaliatory measures against the American departmenti in our country according to the accepted practice in the diplomatic principle of reciprocity. About what can such measures be, the American side is fully aware of. But it was not our choice», — said Gonchar.

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama at the end of December 2016 has imposed sanctions against nine Russian institutions, companies and individuals, including against the GRU and the FSB, for «meddling in the election» and «the pressure on us diplomats» working in Russia. Also, the United States has closed access to two residential complexes, the so — called suburban «summer cottages» of the permanent mission of the Russian Federation in new York and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, which is the Russian diplomatic property. In addition, persona non grata was declared 35 Russian diplomats.

Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of U.S. intelligence in trying to influence U.S. elections, but the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov called them «completely unfounded».

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