Putin Retaliates for US Sanctions
Putin retaliates as a result of the US Senate’s vote to apply new sanctions on Russia. Putin has ordered some diplomatic staff to leave the country by September 1. Russia has also said it was seizing two US diplomatic properties. This puts President Donald Trump in a difficult position as he is now forced to get tough with Moscow or veto the legislation which will result in angering the Republican Party.
Putin Calls US Behavior Boorish and Unreasonable
President Vladimir Putin previously warned that Russia has so far reacted with restraint. He added that it is now time to retaliate against what he described as boorish and unreasonable US behavior. The Russian Foreign Ministry also warned the US it would respond in kind if Washington decided to expel any Russian diplomats.
The US sanctions have caused problems for Russia which had a weakened economy resulting from a 2014 batch of Western sanctions imposed over its role in the Ukraine crisis. They fear it will now find if more difficult to recover and grow. Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, told the Interfax news agency that the latest sanctions, against Russia, have left no room to improve ties between Moscow and Washington in the near future, and this results in taking the relationship into uncharted waters. He said, ‘This is already having an extremely negative impact on the process of normalizing our relations.”
The ministry previously warned the US it would respond in kind if Washington decided to expel any Russian diplomats. The ministry said it would also seize a Moscow dacha compound used by US diplomats to relax, as of August 1, as well as a US diplomatic warehouse in Moscow. Russia also said the sanctions would take relations between Russia and the US to a new low.