USA packs up Russian villa after Putin's order to expel diplomatic staff

USA packs up Russian villa after Putin's order to expel diplomatic staff

The US State Department condemned Russia's "regrettable" and "uncalled for" act, which Russian officials and analysts have said was a response to looming US sanctions, but also to Washington's expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US and the seizure of Russian diplomatic property late a year ago.

Politically, it will be tough for Trump to push for lifting the sanctions.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is at an all-time & very risky low", Trump said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

The world press reacted with fury to the Pyongyang nuclear missiles test, with the USA accusing Russian Federation of bearing "unique and special responsibility" for North Korea.

"We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it", a State Department statement said on July 30.

Ryabkov said the U.S. Senate's 98-2 vote for the sanctions was "the last drop" on what he described as "a completely weird and unacceptable piece of legislation".

The alliance of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, especially after recent ballistic missile tests by Tehran and Pyongyang, has driven the United States to behave offensively against Russia again, dashing hopes for normalized ties under President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the German economy minister said yesterday that new penalties against Moscow proposed by USA lawmakers violate worldwide law and officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures.

"The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way". During their first meeting, Trump said Putin denied he directed efforts to interfere with the US presidential election.

The bill put U.S. President Donald Trump in a dilemma, but he has indicated he will sign the sanctions bill into law, which represents a sharp downturn in U.S. -Russia relations after signs that Trump wanted to develop a new partnership with Moscow.

President of Russian Federation #Vladimir Putin ordered to reduce the U.S. embassy staff from the American #Diplomatic Mission in Moscow, according to the New York Times. New US sanctions against Russian Federation for its aggression against its neighbors and its unproven interference in last year's American presidential election represent a witch-hunt.

Mr Trump approved the measure on Wednesday, despite calling it "flawed". So the United States started finding pretexts to take measures against Russian Federation, its officials, diplomats and businessmen.

"We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary", Trump wrote. The scale of the cut is unprecedented and is comparable to the shutdown of the American diplomatic mission in Russian Federation after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

Wednesday's events will fuel impressions in both Washington and Moscow that Trump's weakened political position is threatening his capacity to carry out his own core foreign policy goals.

In addition to sharply trimming the size of the USA mission, Russian Federation reclaimed two US facilities, a recreational retreat near Moscow and a storage facility in the city.

It's part of an ongoing diplomatic tit for tat.

A Russian foreign ministry official, quoted by state news agency RIA, said the US embassy had sent in its trucks without first obtaining permits which, the official said, are required by law because the property is in a conservation area. I think they had big hopes back in November that President-elect Trump was going to be somebody that they could receive concessions from, that they could do business with.

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