Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov said in an interview with NBC that at the end of 2017 was offered to the us officials to discuss us-Russian relations.
According to Antonov, the colleagues from the US Department of State he offered to meet at his residence, and «if they are afraid» to go to a restaurant and there to «discuss all outstanding issues».
«In response I got silence,» said the Russian diplomat.
He said that the atmosphere in Washington is «poisoned» and that Russia today is responsible «even for the bad weather.»
Antonov reiterated the official position of the Russian authorities and denied involvement of his country in the poisoning of ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal. According to him, Russia had no motive to kill the former spy ahead of presidential elections in Russia.
On March 26, the President of the United States Donald trump instructed to expel from the country 60 Russian diplomats and close the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle because of its proximity to the US naval base.
Therefore, the States expressed support for the UK in connection with the poisoning in Salisbury, the former employee GRU of the Russian Federation Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
The investigation revealed that during the attack was used that was developed in Russia, a nerve agent, Novichok. Prime Minister Theresa may has demanded from the Kremlin to explain what had happened until the evening of March 13, otherwise London would take an incident of unlawful use of force by Russia against great Britain.
Moscow has refused to answer the ultimatum of London, and demanded to give her samples of the substance that poisoned Skrobala.
March 14, the British authorities announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats 23, and the suspension of the planned bilateral contacts with Russia.
March 17, Russia declared a persona non grata 23 British diplomats.
After Britain and the US, Russian diplomats sent to about 30 countries, including Ukraine. A number of States withdrew from Russia their ambassadors for consultations. NATO also withdraws the accreditation of seven Russian representatives to the Alliance.
On March 29 Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov announced the expulsion of 60 American diplomats and the closure of the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg.
It became known today that diplomats from Australia, Albania, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia, which will be sent from Russia, should leave the country until April 7.
«In response – silence.» Russia’s Ambassador to the US spoke about his proposal to the state Department to discuss the outstanding issues in the restaurant 31.03.2018