Russia to retaliate expulsion of diplomats by US

Sergei Ryabkov
On Tuesday, Russia vowed not to leave the decision of the U.S. to expel 60 Russian diplomats unanswered.

Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik that Moscow was still eager to maintain dialogue with Washington on the strategic stability.

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, including 48 employees of the Russian Embassy and 12 people who have been assigned to the UN in New York.

Trump also ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle in connection with Moscow’s alleged involvement in the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK city of Salisbury.

“We are open to constructive work, we will continue it, but yesterday’s decision by the U.S. authorities on our diplomatic missions will be met with a tough response,” Ryabkov said.

The deputy minister noted that Russia was not abandoning the strategic stability talks with Washington.

“We need this dialogue, the presidents of our countries said about it in a telephone conversation a few days ago, we are not giving up this dialogue, we will hold it,” Ryabkov said.

NAN reports that 16 European Union members, Canada, Ukraine, Norway and Australia are among countries expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a coordinated response to the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer and British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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