The Russian government has passed a series of sanctions against the United States in retaliation for the sentences announced on Thursday. This includes the expulsion of 10 diplomats and a “recommendation” for the US ambassador to leave the country.
An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed US Ambassador John Sullivan of the imminent reaction that Moscow had already expected it to be a backlash to the one decided by the Joe Biden government on Thursday.
Washington’s sanctions imposed on 32 individuals and organizations and the expulsion of a dozen Russian diplomats in the face of escalating tensions over the reinforcement of the Russian military on the border with Ukraine. In addition, the United States restricted access to Russian national debt.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this Friday announced to the media the range of measures that had been taken in response, including a “mutual” reaction against diplomats. “We will ask ten US diplomats to leave the country,” he announced according to official authorities.
According to Lavrov, the Kremlin has also “recommended” the US ambassador to travel to the US to speak to the Biden administration personally about the current situation. Moscow called its ambassador in Washington in March to review relations and has not sent him back yet.
The Russian government is also finalizing a list of eight Americans affiliated with official institutions to be included on the sanctions list and will veto US companies that allegedly “openly intervene in Russian domestic affairs” the minister informed.
Lavrov has described the US sanctions as “absolutely hostile, in no way provoked”.