Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Moscow warns Venezuela crisis can spin out of control

Kremlin Moscow's patience running out in diplomatic row with US Moscow warns Venezuela crisis can spin out of control
Christy Curtis | 16 July, 2017, 01:51

Adding to this, Obama administration announced that it would close two Russian waterfront compounds outside Washington and NY, describing them as spy nests, CNN reported.

US lawmakers have raised concerns that Moscow might use the firm's products to attack American computer networks, a particularly sensitive issue given allegations by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation hacked and leaked emails of Democratic Party political groups to interfere in the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Those US moves included the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomatic personnel, including consulate cooks, and the seizure of a pair of vacation houses belonging to the Russian government as diplomatic compounds, which the US took as part of sanctions for "election hacking" allegations.

Russia could expel more than 35 Americans, Ms. Zakharova said, making sure that the same number of diplomats work in the United States Embassy in Moscow and the Russian Embassy in Washington.

The warning came in response to comments made by an adviser to President Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka, who linked the rollback of sanctions to Russia's adherence to a deal to cease-fire in Syria.

Gorka said "the last thing" one could say about Trump was that he was weak, and that Trump had pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the matter at a meeting last Friday.

New bill with sanctions against Russian Federation presented in US House of Representatives
On Thursday, they said they thought it could advance soon but on Friday said the North Korea issue made that less likely. House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, the Reuters news agency reported .

"At the same time, we have pointed out repeatedly that the situation both with diplomats and the property continues to be unacceptable".

"The seized compounds have not been returned yet".

"The situation is unprecedented from the perspectives of both bilateral relations and global law", Peskov said during his daily briefing.

He declined to say when Moscow could take its retaliatory action.

When pressed Thursday by CNN's Jake Tapper on why the Trump administration is considering returning two Russian compounds to US soil, White House aide Sebastian Gorka pointed to the importance of giving "collaboration, cooperation, a chance".

The Russian government has threatened to retaliate against the United States months after dozens of Russian officials were expelled from the U.S. and two of its properties were shuttered. "We know how to respond". "And so I don't see what the Russians have done that would merit a return", Clapper told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

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