Trump Administration Just Booted More Russian Diplomats From the US

Trump administration orders three Russian diplomatic facilities in US closed
Trump Administration Just Booted More Russian Diplomats From the US
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04 September, 2017

"At the same time, we will furnish tough responses to moves that inflict damage out of nothing and are based only on someones wish to ruin our relations with the United States". She added that the USA hoped both countries could now move towards "improved relations" and "increased cooperation".

Realizing that the approval of the new package of sanctions was inevitable, Putin fired back even before Trump signed the measure.

The promise of a fresh start to the relationship has been eclipsed by allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and members of Trump's election campaign team.

"And if there was any kind of financial transactions, either elicit or legal, that nonetheless Russians could hold over the president's head because he's denied having any financial interests in Russia or with the Russians, that could be leverage on the president's future actions", he added.

A senior Trump administration official said that by Saturday, the Russians must close their consulate in San Francisco and an official residence there.

Following allegations of Russian meddling in the USA presidential election, President Barack Obama in December ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closure of two Russian diplomatic recreational retreats.

Moscow also took back property used by American mission staff in the Russian capital, barring embassy workers from the retreat in the renowned Serebryany Bor park and forest area as well as storage facilities in the south of Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin denied interfering in the election and strongly protested Obama's move.

December 2016 Then came Obama's decision to add sanctions over Russia's alleged role in meddling in the USA presidential election past year.

Donald Trump won the presidential election in November and is now under investigation about possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government. In a statement, Trump calls the bill "seriously flawed". "We regret escalation of tension not initiated by Russia", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the announcement.

August 21: The U.S. Embassy stops issuing visas to Russians as a diplomatic spat worsens.

The score-settling that started in December is the broadest involving the two countries' foreign outposts since 1986, when the United States and the Soviet Union expelled dozens of each other's diplomats.

On Thursday, the USA issued a demand to the Russian government to close down the Consulate General in San Francisco and another two diplomatic facilities, one in Washington and one in NY, saying the move was aimed at restoring parity in diplomatic relations with Russia. Ushakov told Russian news agencies that the government "regrets" the latest USA move and needs to "think carefully about how we could respond".


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