Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia hopes that the U.S. “as the country which always stands for the the rule of law will respect its international obligations.”
Speaking in Brussels, Lavrov also said that Russia will retaliate against the United States if it doesn’t hand back two diplomatic compounds seized under the Obama administration. As a part of a response to the alleged Russian interference in the election in November, the Obama administration closed two diplomatic compounds and seized Russian diplomatic assets. Some thirty five Russian diplomats were expelled in January.
Russia initially abstained from taking retaliatory measures, hoping that an agreement could be reached with the new administration.
However, the recent meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany did not bring any results in regard to seized Russian diplomatic compounds. Certain sources within the Kremlin have hinted that Russia may expel some thirty U.S. diplomats and close U.S. diplomatic compounds in Moscow, but Lavrov has declined to answer when asked if Russia would go ahead and expel US diplomats and seize diplomatic property.
“We still hope that the United States as the country which always stands for the the rule of law will respect its international obligations.”
“If it doesn’t happen, if we see that Washington does not consider that such step is necessary, then of course, we will take retaliatory measures. This is a law of diplomacy the law of international life. Reciprocity is the basis of all relations”, Lavrov said.