The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on March 29, summoned the US Ambassador in Moscow John huntsman and gave him a protest note about the «outrageous and unreasonable demands of the American authorities». This was reported by the press service of the Ministry.
Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed his dissatisfaction with the Huntsman about the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from the United States and the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle.
According to him, the U.S. government intends to «capture the space» of the latter, as it was with five other Russian state-owned enterprises in 2016-2017.
From Huntsman also demanded a «clarification of his public statements about the possible seizure of Russian state assets in the United States.»
«The American side warned that the implementation of such threats will lead to further serious degradation in our relationship, which is fraught with grave consequences for global stability», – stated in the press release of the foreign Ministry.
The Ambassador further pointed out that in the case of «continue hostile actions against the Russian diplomatic and consular offices in the United States, additional measures will be taken against personnel and facilities of the Embassy and consulates General of the USA in Russia».
The Russian foreign Ministry urged the U.S. government «to repent and stop reckless actions on the destruction of bilateral relations.»
On March 26, the President of the United States Donald trump because of the poisoning of ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK ordered before April 2, to close the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle and send from the United States dozens of Russian diplomats .
The U.S. state Department clarified that this refers to 48 the diplomats of the Russian Embassy in the U.S. and 12 scouts, who are working in the office of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.
March 29, the Russian foreign Ministry announced the expulsion 58 diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and two of the Consulate General in Yekaterinburg. In addition, announced the closure of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg.
The US state Department, these measures are called a «path to isolation» of the Russian Federation and warned that «we reserve the right to answer.»
The Russian foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. Ambassador and warned against «capture» of the Consulate General in Seattle 30.03.2018