Congressional Sabotage of US-Russia Relations Continues

"Let me repeat (we have said this and explained this many times) that we would not like to go to extremes", she said.

Russia will next week take a decision about if and how it will retaliate against the United States over the seizure of its diplomatic compounds on us soil, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said allegations of interference and other accusations were "an obvious lie".

Separately, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had not yet taken any decision on retaliation.

The next round of bilateral consultations on the Russian-US issues between Ryabkov and Shannon is planned to take place in Washington on Monday, July 17.

Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, reacting to a U.S. government move restricting its activities, said on Wednesday it had fallen victim to U.S. -Russia global sparring while the Kremlin criticized the U.S. action as politically-motivated.

She spoke about the possible expulsion of USA diplomats from Russia in response to Washington's seizure of the Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland six months ago.

Russian Federation would also move to deny US diplomats use of a dacha compound and a warehouse in Moscow, she made clear.

The US is now denying issuing visas to Russian diplomats waiting to replace those who were expelled, according to Zakharova.

Flynn was forced to resign as National Security Advisor after just 24 days in the job, when it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation and American Intelligence intercepted a phone call by Russian officials who claimed they could use Flynn to influence Trump. "The number of staff at the US embassy in Moscow exceeds the number of our embassy employees in Washington by a big margin. So, one of the options is that, apart from expelling the corresponding number of U.S. diplomats, we will just have to even the number of personnel", Zakharova added.

Thomas Shannon, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov plan to meet in Washington on Monday to discuss issues including the expulsions and the seizure of two properties owned by the Russian government in the United States.

She argued earlier that the Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland had always had diplomatic immunity, so their seizure was a gross violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

  • Rogelio Becker