Rus­sia threat­ens to ex­pel U.S. diplo­mats

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW — Rus­sia’s For­eign Min­istry said Fri­day that it would have to ex­pel U.S. diplo­mats and shut down some U.S. com­pounds in Rus­sia if the United States does not re­open two Rus­sian recre­ational es­tates in the U.S. that were shut down last year.

In re­sponse to re­ports of Rus­sian med­dling in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion last year ex­pelled 35 Rus­sian of­fi­cials from the U.S. and shut down two Rus­sian es­tates that it said were be­ing used for spy op­er­a­tions.

New Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his Rus­sian coun­ter­part, Vladimir Putin, last week dis­cussed the two diplo­matic com­pounds but did not reach an agree­ment.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Maria Zakharova said Fri­day that Moscow “will have to take re­cip­ro­cal mea­sures” if the is­sue is not re­solved.

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