Diplomatic Tit-For-Tat Heats Up

Sep 4, 2017

The American government’s seizure of three Russian diplomatic missions in the U.S. was met with severe condemnation by the Russian government. The State Department gave the Russians three days to vacate consular buildings in San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. The United States retaliated for Russian demanding cuts in staff at American diplomatic missions in Russia. Russia’s statement said, "We urge the US authorities to come to their senses and to immediately return the Russian diplomatic facilities. Otherwise the USA will bear the total blame for the ongoing degradation of the relations between our countries, on which the current condition of the global stability and international security largely depends." Russian officials said, “At present, the US special services supported by armed police are in control of the seized buildings.” The current degradation in relations from the two countries stems from America accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
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