The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that if the United States will agree to restrict the freedom of movement of Russian diplomats in the US, then Moscow will take similar measures against U.S. diplomats, reports “Interfax”.
“If the current US government want at the same time to limit the movement of their own representatives in Russia, they should bear in mind that in diplomacy everything is based on the principle of reciprocity,” — said Zakharov. “Simply put, is a similar attitude to American diplomats in Russia,” she added.
The official representative of foreign Ministry said that this measure is for the Russian authorities will be forced. In her words, Russia advocates cooperation and collaboration with the US, but are ready to take this step in response to the “unfriendly” attitude on the part of the United States.
The U.S. house of representatives on 30 November voted for a bill funding the U.S. intelligence services in 2017. The text of the bill there is provision for the imposition of restrictions on the movement working in the US diplomatic representatives of Russia.
According to the text of the document during a calendar quarter, the Russian diplomats will be able to travel a distance of over 50 miles (80.5 km) from Embassy of Russia in which they operate only if the Director of the FBI will be sent to the relevant congressional committees (committees on intelligence, foreign relations and legal committees of both houses of Parliament) written notice of the fact that in the previous quarter, the diplomats have not violated the constraints.
In addition to these measures the bill provides for the establishment of a special Committee to oppose Russia in its attempts to “exert a hidden influence on the people and the government.” The Committee should consist of a number of senior state figures such as the head of national intelligence, the Secretary of state, Secretary of defense, attorney General, FBI Director and others. The Committee should meet to discuss this issue at least once per month.
The law on countering the propaganda of third countries, adopted on 23 November the European Parliament. The document States that Moscow is against the European Union “hostile propaganda” by RT, a news Agency Sputnik, of the Foundation “Russian world” and a news Agency under the foreign Ministry, Rossotrudnichestvo.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, commenting on the passage of this bill, congratulated the journalists of the TV channel RT, and the Agency “Sputnik”, stating that they are “talented” and “effective” at my job. In his opinion, Western countries are trying to “teach” Russia diplomacy, then what is the best way “is always an open discussion.”