Moscow to ask 10 US diplomats to depart Russia – international minister

Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Photograph by Jeon Heon-Kyun – Pool/Getty Pictures)

Jeon Heon-Kyun – Pool/Getty Pictures

Russia will ask 10 US diplomats to depart the nation in retaliation for Washington’s expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats over alleged election interference and different malign actions, Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned on Friday.

The US authorities on Thursday additionally blacklisted Russian firms and barred US banks from shopping for sovereign bonds from Russia’s central financial institution, nationwide wealth fund and Finance Ministry.

Lavrov, talking at a information convention along with his Serbian counterpart, mentioned Moscow was additionally contemplating potential “painful” measures geared toward US enterprise in Russia.

Moscow would additionally finish the exercise in Russia of US funds and NGOs that intrude within the nation’s inner affairs, he mentioned.

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