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12 July 2017, 12:31 | Colleen Roy
Russia readying expulsion of 30 US diplomats over diplomatic property seizure
Russian Foreign minster Sergery Lavrov told a state TV station that the Kremlin is still outraged that Washington hasn't given back the diplomatic estates, which Obama ordered taken as punishment for Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The sources speaking to Izvestia said patience had run out after Mr Putin failed to find agreement on the issue during his meeting with Mr Trump last week. Russia has called on its partners to check the maps of military facilities and forces in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after an informal ministerial meeting of the European security agency OSCE on Tuesday.
The move provoked an angry reaction in Moscow, which believes the diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland had diplomatic immunity and were thus confiscated in violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Last year, the newspaper reported that Russia was considering freezing the US Embassy house in northwestern Moscow as well as a warehouse also located in the Russian capital.
According to the newspaper, while the administration plans to seize the American summer house in a forest region outside of Moscow and a warehouse in the center of the city, it will not touch the residence of the American ambassador and the American global school in St. Petersburg.
The source said the measures will take effect if the issue is not resolved at a meeting between Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy foreign minister, and Thomas Shannon, a USA under secretary of state, in St Petersburg next week.
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