The actions of Washington against Russian diplomats increase confrontation between Russia and the United States forced Moscow to take a new response. This view of “Interfax” stated the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky on Monday, August 14.
The possible closure of one of the Consulate General of Russia in the U.S. or restricting the movement of Russian diplomats will be “another negative point in Russian-American relations,” said the MP. In the first place — this will complicate the work of diplomatic representatives and will complicate bilateral contacts.
“Any unfriendly steps of the US somehow forced Russia to go on retaliatory measures,” — said Slutsky, noting that the Russian side is innocent in the escalation of the situation.
Earlier on Monday, the newspaper “Izvestia” with reference to informed diplomatic sources reported that the United States can limit the radius of movement of the Russian diplomats of Junior and middle managers working in the country, with 25 miles (40 kilometers) to 10-15.
Also in the plans of Washington to compel the officers of diplomatic missions in three working days to notify the state Department about the plans to move off to a distance in excess of allowed. Such a framework, according to the interlocutor of the edition, considered by Washington as a more painful response to Moscow than the closure of one of the four consulates, as previously said the source “Kommersant”. The Russian foreign Ministry insist that closing in the United States one of the Russian consulates no reason.
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