USA embassy staff in Russian Federation barred from retrieving their belongings

02 August, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Critics say Putin's government often uses that justification to suppress political dissent.

Tensions between Moscow and Washington have flared of late since both chambers of the US Congress approved a bill slapping tougher sanctions on Russian Federation. "This is a regrettable and uncalled for act", a State Department official told TWS.

Last weekend, Mr Putin flaunted his sea power with a huge naval parade, and the scheduled huge military drill is taking place in Transbaikal region, which is 3,000km from its border with North Korea.

Russia is open to cooperating with the US on various issues including terrorism and cybercrime but instead it "only hears unfounded accusations of meddling in USA domestic affairs", the Russian leader said.

In December 2016, following allegations of Russian meddling in the USA presidential election, President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closure of two Russian diplomatic recreational retreats. That silence comes as the Trump administration considers when to sign bipartisan sanctions on Russian Federation after the Senate and the House overwhelmingly approved the measures in July and sent the bill to the President's desk.

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The bill was approved by large majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Despite the tensions with the U.S., Moscow probably will try to stick to the safe zone agreement, which helps secure its role as a key player in the Syrian crisis on equal par with the U.S.

Pence's weirdly sympathetic "very hopeful" comments about Russian Federation represent just the latest example of how the Trump administration can't seem to stand up to Moscow.

The sanctions Trump will soon sign are actually meant to punish Russian Federation for its unprecedented interference in the us election.

That means a drastic reduction of more than 750 diplomatic staff so that the size of the embassy would match the size of Russia's mission in the US.

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The new measures appear to have convinced Moscow that there will be no quick improvement in ties with the United States despite Trump pledging better relations during his campaign.

From the perspective of RT - a state-run news outlet that is often referred to in the West as Russian propaganda -reported, that as part of the sanctions Russia was told to reduce its staff in Washington to 455 people and that Putins actions were simply a retaliation.

'And be assured: The United States rejects any attempt to use force, threats, intimidation, or malign influence in the Baltic States or against any of our treaty allies - and under President Donald Trump, the United States will stand firmly behind our Article Five pledge of mutual defense - and the presence of the U.S Armed Forces here today proves it'.

How much impact could such moves have on the US economy?

The diplomatic tit-for-tat started under former U.S. President Barack Obama who ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian recreational retreats in the U.S. Finally, based on past behavior, one additional option would be to target United States companies in Russian Federation with impromptu inspections, fines, and other penalties. I hope it won't get to that point. "I don't know how he responds to this".

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