Russian Federation 'ready to expel 30 United States diplomats' in sanctions row

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is mulling tit-for-tat steps in response to its seized diplomatic mansions in the United States. "If there is no compromise after that, we will have to take these measures", the official told Izvestia.

Lavrov also emphasized that although the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries "are not yet prepared for such a talk", "positive trends in their ranks" can already been seen.

The measures were a response to alleged Russian meddling in the United States election.

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Klimov also said that the response would "not demonstrate Russia's negative attitude towards the U.S.", but be a reminder that respect should be shown and global law, diplomatic etiquette, and protocol be observed when dealing with Russian Federation.

The move comes after the U.S. expelled 35 Russian diplomats and seized Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland in response to alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The two presidents discussed a range of diplomatic and military disputes between Washington and Moscow, but were apparently unable to come to an agreement on the issue of the compounds or the expulsion of Russian personnel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the issue of the Obama sanctions with US President Donald Trump when they met in Hamburg on 7 July, Izvestia reported.

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Russian Foreign minster Sergery Lavrov told a state TV station that the Kremlin is still outraged that Washington hasn't given back the diplomatic estates, which Obama ordered taken as punishment for Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Six months later, relations have not only not normalized but have deteriorated further following the latest round of sanctions against Russian Federation despite daily allegations that Trump colluded with the Kremlin to convince several million Americans to vote against Hillary.

An unnamed Russian diplomat told Izvestia that in retaliation Russia could seize a U.S. government dacha (country villa) at Serebryany Bor, to the northwest of Moscow, and a USA warehouse in the city itself. The US closed Russian intelligence compounds in NY and Maryland.

Russian Federation says President Trump presented "no plan to resolve the crisis" when the issue was raised in Hamburg.

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According to the newspaper, while the administration plans to seize the American summer house in a forest region outside of Moscow and a warehouse in the center of the city, it will not touch the residence of the American ambassador and the American worldwide school in St. Petersburg.