Russia has said it will expel 10 US diplomats in response to new US sanctions and take other retaliatory measures over tensions with Washington.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov added that Moscow would add eight US administrative officials to its sanctions list and take steps to prevent the activities of US non-governmental organizations from interfering in Russian politics.
On Thursday, the US was Has announced new bans And in retaliation for what Washington has said, 10 Russian diplomats have been expelled, including Kremlin interference in US elections, a massive cybersecurity and other hostile activities.
“We will respond to this measurement in a tight-for-tat manner. We will ask 10 Russian Russian diplomats to leave the country, “Lavrov told reporters.
He says the Kremlin has advised US Ambassador John Sullivan to follow the example of his Russian counterpart and go home for advice.
Russia will also rule out the possibility of employing US embassies as aid workers from Russia and third countries.
“That’s why Russia says in their missions in the United States that they only hire Russians,” said Bernard Smith of Al Jazeera from Moscow.
“For the United States, it can affect everyone, from drivers and cleaners to analysts and others working on U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia. So it could probably complicate the lives of Americans.”
Smith added that the United States had threatened to go “a little further” if it increased its sanctions by requesting the removal of 150 Russian workers working at the United Nations.
Russia-US relations took a new low after the Cold War after US President Joe Biden thought about it. Putin was a “killer.” And Moscow recalled its ambassador to Washington for consultations. The ambassador has not yet returned after about a month.
The United States has the potential to cripple Russia’s economy, but Moscow has not responded well, although it could hurt US interests in many other ways around the world.
Lavrov noted that Russia could take “painful action” against US business interests, but not immediately.
Russia has denied any involvement in the 2020 US presidential election and the involvement of federal agencies in the SolarWinds hack – the latest in a series of US sanctions.
Russia’s foreign ministry warned of “inevitable” retaliation, saying “Washington must understand that it must pay the price for the deterioration of bilateral relations.”
The United States on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats, targeted dozens of organizations and individuals, and imposed new restrictions on Russia’s ability to finance. Scholars predict that if Moscow responds positively to the expulsion, it will refrain from any other significant steps to avoid further escalation.
Russia’s economic potential and its global reach are limited by comparisons with the Soviet Union, which competed with the United States for international influence during the Cold War. Yet, Russia’s nuclear arsenal and its proliferation in many parts of the world make it a force that Washington needs to count on.
Aware of this, President Joe Biden called for increased tensions and, in some cases, for cooperation with Russia. Biden said he had told Putin in a call on Tuesday that he had chosen not to impose strict sanctions for the time being and had offered to meet in a third country in the summer.
Lavrov said the summit proposal was being analyzed.
Spreading sanctions could eventually push Russia into a corner and trigger more reckless Kremlin moves such as a Ukraine’s chances increaseWhich has recently faced a resurgence in clashes with former Russian-backed separatists and significant Russian military operations across the border.
On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in Paris to discuss tensions with French President Emmanuel Macron. German Chancellor Angela Merkel later called them.
Fyodor Lukyanov, a leading foreign policy expert who heads the Moscow-based Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, predicts that Putin will probably accept Biden’s invitation to join the climate change call next week, but he may be reluctant to accept the summit’s proposal.
“There is no way to make a deal,” Lucianov told The Associated Press. “There is a total lack of mutual antidote and trust.”
He said the only practical outcome of the summit could be an agreement between Russia and the United States to start long and difficult negotiations to replace the new START nuclear reduction treaty. Extended in February For another five years