Thursday 27 July 2017

Russia threatens counter actions over seized compounds

The Obama administration expelled 35 Russian officials from the US and shut down two Cold War-era recreational estates (AP)
The Obama administration expelled 35 Russian officials from the US and shut down two Cold War-era recreational estates (AP)

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is threatening "counter actions" against the United States over a pair of Russian diplomatic compounds seized by the United States last year.

A month after US President Donald Trump's election victory, then-president Barack Obama seized the Cold War-era recreational estates and expelled 35 Russian officials.

Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the issue at the G-20 summit in Germany last week.

After meetings at European Union headquarters on Tuesday, Mr Lavrov said Moscow was "still hopeful that the US, as a proponent of the rule of law, will finally respect the international obligations".

He continued: "If this is not the case, if Washington decides not to solve this issue, we will have to take counter actions."

Mr Lavrov refused to elaborate.

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