Russia took the decision in response to the expulsion of its diplomats from the United States, taking into account how you will feel and experience the American diplomats and their families. This explanation gave reporters the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“Recognizing that diplomacy is based on the mirror response and the steps we have taken note of seriously and very seriously considered the question of how you will feel and experience our American colleagues and their families”, – quotes the words Zakharova, “RIA Novosti”.
“And, most importantly, they [diplomats] children, who are now preparing for the New year and which is now the Christmas holidays and how they will be taken out of the educational process and how they need to be also in 72 hours to collect all items and go home. In this way we have made this decision”, – said the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry.
Earlier on Friday, December 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to send American diplomats out of Russia in response to similar actions by the US. Previously, such a proposal to the Russian President asked the Russian foreign Ministry.
In Putin’s statement published on the Kremlin website, said that the Russian side will not “create problems for American diplomats.” “We’re not going to send,” he said. “Reserving the right to retaliate, we will not stoop to the level of “cooking” irresponsible diplomacy and further steps for the restoration of Russian-American relations will develop based on the policy to be conducted by the administration of President trump,” – the statement said Putin.
29 December as part of the introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions the US state Department declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Washington and Consulate in San Francisco. Only the decision has touched 96 Russians – diplomats and members of families. They must leave the U.S. within 72 hours.