America & Russia on a KNIFE EDGE: Moscow to EXPEL 30 US diplomats as relations deteriorate

Two diplomatic compounds in Maryland belonging to the Kremlin were shut down last year as part of the sanctions introduced by Barack Obama’s administration.

The former president also announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, in a row over Russia’s alleged interference in the US presidential election.

Although Moscow has repeatedly denied the claims, the sanctions have been upheld – with relations even deteriorating over repeated claims Donald Trump colluded with the state to secure victory.

Now it seems Russia has had enough, as the state has finally hit back and has announced it is considered kicking out 30 diplomats and seizing some US assets in a brutal retaliation plan.

A Russian Foreign Ministry Source claimed the move is due to the failure of the US to reach an agreement with Moscow on the compounds being returned.

The statement said: “There is a preliminary agreement on holding a meeting between Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon in St Petersburg.

“If the compromise is not found there, we will have to take such measures.”

Andrey Klimov, a senator in the upper house of Russia’s parliament, claimed the country had no choice but to strike back as officials had been kept waiting for more than six months for tensions to subside.

He said: “We are forced to draw a line and answer in a similar way.

“These moves are not meant as our attempts to show our negative attitudes toward the Trump administration but rather as evidence of the fact that Russia is a strong nation that deserves respectable treatment.”

The comments come after Donald Trump Jr landed himself in hot water after he was revealed to have met with a supposed Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 election campaig.

The meeting last June was organised after a woman, supposedly a Russian lawyer, claimed to have information on Hillary Clinton and her aides.

But the Kremlin have denied any link to the woman.

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