The US expressed their protest in connection with the Russian steps against American diplomats
As the head reported a press-service of the Department of state Heather Nauert, Secretary Rex Tillerson has held a phone conversation with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
WASHINGTON, July 29. /TASS/. Washington has expressed Moscow a protest in connection with its alleged Friday measures around the staff of the American diplomatic missions in Russia and their objects. About it the correspondent of TASS said the head of the press service of the U.S. Department of state Heather Nauert.
“We stated his serious disappointment and protest. The Secretary of state [US Rex] Tillerson had a conversation with the foreign Minister [of Russia Sergey] Lavrov, and the Ambassador [John] Tefft met with Deputy foreign Minister [Sergei] Ryabkov,” said Nauert.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the United States refused to disclose the details of the current of the conversation Lavrov and Tillerson. “We are not going to discuss the contents of our diplomatic conversations,” said the correspondent of TASS, the responsible officer of the US state Department, demanded not to mention his name.
“The Secretary of state makes clear that a steady degradation does not contribute to the restoration of relations between our two countries,” — said the diplomat. “We are working on ways to eliminate some of the irritants in our relations to move forward”, — assured the representative of US state Department.
On Friday, the Russian foreign Ministry issued a statement which reads that Russia has in response developed new anti-sanctions reduces the number of American diplomats in Russia to 455 and closes access from August 1 to the Embassy dacha in Serebryany Bor.