U.S. denies visas to Russian replacements for expelled diplomats - Moscow

Pablo Tucker
July 14, 2017

CBS News said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Moscow "will have to take reciprocal measures" if the issue regarding the compounds was not resolved.

Their previously scheduled meeting was abruptly canceled last month after the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Russian Federation over its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

"We gave time for the new administration to examine this disgusting legacy and begin to build the bilateral relationship on the basis of mutual respect", Ms. Zakharova said.

She said that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Under-Secretary of State Thomas Shannon are expected to discuss this issue at a meeting in Washington.

"The staff of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow far exceeds the number of our embassy workers in Washington", she said.

In December 2016, former President Barack Obama ordered 35 Russian officials to leave the United States and shut down two Russian owned estates that the American security establishment believed were used as a spy base for the Kremlin.

Zakharova complained yesterday that United States officials were not issuing visas to Russian diplomats to allow Moscow to replace the expelled employees and get its embassy back up to full strength. "So, one of the options is that, apart from expelling the corresponding number of USA diplomats, we will just have to even the number of personnel".

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to retaliate over the expulsions and property seizure at the time, saying he would wait to see what the Trump administration would do.

Chuck Schumer's obstructionism is a de-facto government shutdown MORE (N.Y.) urged a senior State Department official in a letter not to return the compounds.

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