Putin: Russia reserves right to cut further U.S. diplomatic mission

Putin: Russia reserves right to cut further U.S. diplomatic mission
From Reuters - September 5, 2017

XIAMEN, China (Reuters) - Russia reserves the right to cut further the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, in response to what he called Washingtons boorish treatment of Russias diplomatic mission on U.S. soil.

Speaking after U.S. officials ordered Russia to vacate diplomatic premises in several American cities, Putin said he would order the Russian foreign ministry to take legal action over alleged violations of Russias property rights.

That the Americans reduced the number of our diplomatic facilities - this is their right, Putin told a news conference in the Chinese city of Xiamen, where he was attending a summit of major emerging economies.

The only thing is that it was done in such a clearly boorish manner. That does not reflect well on our American partners. But its difficult to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia. Nothing can be done about it. Probably such is the level of political culture of a certain part of the U.S. establishment.

As for our buildings and facilities, this is an unprecedented thing, Putin said. This is a clear violation of Russias property rights. Therefore, for a start, I will order the Foreign Ministry to go to court - and lets see just how efficient the much-praised U.S. judiciary is.

U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January, saying he wanted to improve ties with Russia. Putin also spoke favorably of Trump.

But relations have been damaged by accusations from U.S. intelligence officials that Russia sought to meddle in the presidential election. Russia has denied interfering in the vote.

Asked by a reporter if he was disappointed with Trump, Putin said: Whether I am disappointed or not, your question sounds very naive - he is not my bride and, likewise, I am neither his bride nor bridegroom.

We are both statesmen. Every nation has interests of its own. In his activities, Trump is guided by the national interests of his country, and I by the interests of mine.

I greatly hope that we will be able, just as the current U.S. president said, to find some compromises while resolving bilateral and international problems ... taking into account our joint responsibility for international security.



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