Russia is to expel 60 American diplomats as a reaction to U.S. actions – 60 Russian diplomats were expelled from the country. Vladymyr Dzhabarov, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs Committee, said it, as RIA News reported.
“It is obvious, that the political authority of the country will make the decision, yet our measures will be reflecting, concerning the same number of diplomats as the number of our diplomats is equal,” Dzhabarov stressed. He said that it would be a “response present” for the USA.
He believes that the decision to expel Russian diplomats was likely made by the U.S. President Donald Trump under “heavy pressure of American establishment”.
The reason is that Trump congratulated Putin with a victory in the elections and their meeting.
“He had to make this decision on expulsion to prove that he is not Russia’s friend,” Dzhabarov noted.
Earlier, the USA and dozen EU member states informed about Russian diplomats expulsion. Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for Putin, has already stated that “in similar cases, of course, the principle of mutuality will be applied”.