Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announced that Russia will expel 10 US diplomats in Russia in response to the new sanctions imposed by the US on Russia.
Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday (April 16) that Russia will respond equally to the new sanctions imposed by the United States on Russia, deciding to expel 10 U.S. diplomats in Russia and assign 8 U.S. government officials. Officials are included in the “blacklist.”
According to Russian media reports, Russian Assistant President Ushakov summoned the US ambassador to Russia Sullivan on the same day and announced to him Russia’s response to US sanctions. Ushakov also suggested that Sullivan return to the United States to discuss the development of US-Russian relations with US government officials.
On the 15th, the US government imposed large-scale sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats on the grounds of malicious activities such as Russia’s cyber attacks and interference in US elections.
U.S.-Russian relations have continued to be tense in recent years. Since the new US government came to power in January this year, the two sides have achieved limited cooperation in the field of arms control. However, there are obvious differences and intensified confrontation on issues such as Ukraine, cybersecurity, human rights, and election interference.