The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said: the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from more than 20 countries have shown that among European countries there are few independent players. He argued that these steps have been taken under US pressure.
«When one or two diplomats, and us whispering in the ear of apology, asking to leave a particular country, we know for certain that it is the result of tremendous pressure, tremendous intimidation, which is the main tool of Washington in the international arena», – quoted Lavrov news Agency TASS.
The head of the Russian foreign Ministry also accused the elite of Western countries that they do not listen to the voice of the people, and in proof of his words, reported the German newspaper Die Welt published the findings of a survey showing that more than 80% of voters voted against new sanctions against Russia, writes on March 27, the Pro-Kremlin «Russian newspaper».
On the same day, the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov said that the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from the USA is no excuse.
«The action of Washington indicates a very alarming symptoms. The words about readiness for cooperation with deeds. Contrary to the assurances, continued the line of the former administration. Kick official representatives and representatives of Russia – actions to confrontation. They have no excuses,» reads the statement of the Ambassador of the Embassy on the page in social network Facebook.
«Sent to the people responsible for those few areas in which survival of mutually beneficial cooperation – the space, science and culture, trade, clarify the fate of prisoners and missing persons. The restoration of relations and the search for common ground thrown back,» stated Antonov, who believes that the so-called «business Skripal» is just a pretext for the us authorities to expel diplomats from the United States.
«Official representatives of the administration openly justified the closure of the Consulate General of Russia its «proximity to the submarine base and the industries largest defense contractor, Boeing. So what’s the connection with the case poisoned by a British agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter?» – asks the Ambassador.
According to the diplomat, «the absence of any facts supporting the allegations of Washington and London, can not fail to engender suspicion in close coordination and joint planning of the incident».
In addition, Antonov believes that «the opponents do not like a strong and powerful Russia, whose capabilities were recently demonstrated,» warning that «the internal problems, from which Washington and London are trying to divert the attention of the «Russian threat,» not going anywhere».