Fri, 14 May 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on April 16 that Moscow will ask 10 U.S. diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for Washington's expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats over alleged election interference, cyberattacks, and other malign actions.

'We will respond to this measure in a tit-for-tat manner. We will ask 10 U.S. diplomats in Russia to leave the country,' Lavrov told reporters at a news conference with his Serbian counterpart.

He also said that President Vladimir Putin's top foreign-policy aide, Yury Ushakov, had recommended that U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan return to Washington to conduct 'serious consultations.' In March, Russia's ambassador in Washington returned to Moscow for consultations after President Joe Biden suggested that he believes Putin was a killer.

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Lavrov said Moscow was also considering possible 'painful' measures aimed at U.S. business in Russia and would place eight U.S. officials on a sanctions list.

Moscow also plans to end the activity in Russia of U.S. funds and nongovernmental organizations that interfere in the country's internal affairs, he said.

The tit-for-tat move comes a day after the United States imposed wide-ranging sanctions on Russia in retaliation for election interference, cyberattacks, and what Washington described as Moscow's other 'harmful' foreign activities.

In an executive order, Biden on April 15 announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against dozens other Russian individuals and entities as it moved to hold the Kremlin accountable for actions against the United States and its interests.

In a potential blow to the Russian economy, the U.S. Treasury also placed additional limits on U.S. banks operating in the Russian sovereign debt market in a step that may spook investors.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, dpa, and Reuters

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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