“Alignment balance”: the reaction of Russian politicians to the actions of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the USA

“Alignment balance”: the reaction of Russian politicians to the actions of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the USA


Russia has in response developed new anti-sanctions reduces the number of American diplomats in Russia to 455 and closes access from August 1 to the Embassy dacha in Serebryany Bor.

On 27 July, the US Congress completed its voting procedure under the new law, which tightens restrictive measures against Russia.

What is happening comment on Russian politics.

“Restore equality”

Vice-speaker of the state Duma Irina Yarovaya called the response of the Russian foreign Ministry alignment balance.

“Decisions of the MFA of Russia in relation to American diplomats, is the solution that was originally proposed and adopted by the United States in a time when they felt a possible violation of international law, committed totally unacceptable and frankly rude acts against our diplomats,” said Spring-TASS.

In her opinion, it is a matter of restoring equality, which in international diplomatic relations “is an extremely important principle of dialogue.” “Therefore, the United States should understand that, violating the rights of others, they lower their own legal status and can count on the mirror equality” – warned the politician. “Habit to be rude and engage in banditry in the world can be encouraged by any sovereign state,” – said the MP.

Spring recalled that Russia “took a long pause in the hope that the intelligence and dignity will prevail over ambition and stupidity.” “But it is clear that the waiting process can not be infinite, therefore the current imbalance requires regulation, and proposed the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation measures is the alignment of balance,” – said Vice-speaker.

“The United States time to decide what balance they outweigh the parity of law and decency, or continued diplomatic discrimination and humiliation through the direct humiliation of the sovereign rights of other countries,” she concluded.

“It’s time”

Declared the Ministry of foreign Affairs decisions are the mirror and proper response to US actions. This opinion was expressed by Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

“The response is adequate to current circumstances and the overall uruchomiono state of bilateral relations. We have done everything we can to save the relationship from collapse, the Americans did just the opposite,” the politician wrote on his page in Facebook.

According to the Senator, to take this action was “long overdue”.

“Russia behaves with dignity, as befits a responsible global power. Given the fact that the notorious sanctions bill has not yet entered into force, and the situation is evolving, so should continue. USA behave badly, and shallow as the bullies until there is actually able to fight back or at least call to order,” Kosachev wrote.

He recalled that Russia waited long enough from the new us administration address the issue of the arrest of departmenet of the Russian Federation in the United States, which was introduced under the curtain of the presidential term of Barack Obama. “Before the New year in response to similar actions of the American side Vladimir Putin has invited children of American diplomats to the Kremlin Christmas tree. We have long tolerated and encouraged US to common sense at all levels, including parliamentary diplomacy. But Washington such calls are not heard,” stated Slutsky.

Therefore, he added, the Russian side takes the “completely natural.” “Nothing here is not extreme, with some overkill. Russia reacts calmly, but absolutely adequately to the insulting and completely unjustified, discriminatory and provocative steps that have been made against our diplomats and our diplomatic property,” – said the head of the Committee.

This Slutsky expressed hope that, despite the sanctions continue cooperation with Russia in the fight against terrorism. “We will hope for common sense, the U.S. cooperation in confronting international terrorism,” he said.

“Strict, but remain reserves”

Recent developments in Russian-American relations will inevitably affect inter-parliamentary dialogue between the two countries. TASS said Friday the first Vice-speaker of the state Duma Ivan Melnikov. “The reaction of Russia is absolutely correct. Moreover, I believe that much could have been done before. Our side sometimes overestimates that someone out there hears the arguments, I think, will change their mind or appreciate the patience and delicacy of Russia”, – he said.

“In any case, to date, the measures seem adequate: they are tough, but there are still the reserves if the United States will continue to destroy the universally recognized norms of diplomacy,” – said Melnikov.

“As for inter-parliamentary dialogue, these events, of course, will affect it, it is inevitable. Although, as we know, at all levels of international contacts, our country aim to seek ways out of difficult situations, as the confrontation affects the economy, and the economy on the lives of citizens, and, incidentally, not only Russian,” – said the politician.

“Cool hot heads”

Russia’s steps in response to possible new U.S. sanctions will be asymmetrical, but painful for US. This opinion was expressed on Friday, TASS first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Vladimir Jabbarov. According to him, after the pending sanctions against the United States, which Russia announced on Friday, should be followed by measures in connection with sanctions approved by the U.S. Senate.

“But our measures are not symmetric, they are asymmetric – that’s understandable, but they must be painful. I think it will cool some hot heads, so they understand what impunity is continue to no longer be”, – said dzhabarov.

He noted that in Russia there are many American companies, for example in the field of catering. “A lot of companies cooperating in the space industry and aircraft construction, in the implementation of rare earth metals. There are sore spots for Americans,” said the Senator. According to him, parliamentarians are ready “to support any initiative of the Executive branch, especially the government, in this direction.”

“Yesterday, our President, who is extremely reserved and polite, said it was to tolerate rudeness anymore. I support this completely,” – said dzhabarov. At the same time, he said: “We are always open to dialogue, we are not closed. If Americans have the desire to re-establish contact, begin a dialogue, discussing the most controversial issues we are always open”. Jabbarov noted with regret that while “we see only the steps of the next confrontation”.

Jabbarov also admitted the possibility of a ban on entry to Russia of U.S. congressmen – the initiators of the law on sanctions. The politician reminded that there is already a list of congressmen who are denied entry to Russia. “We do not publish, as do the Americans. We don’t need a pump. But if the government and the President decide to do it will probably be denied entry to the initiators of this law, perhaps they should answer for what they have done,” said Senator TASS.

“Trump didn’t get a chance”

The head of the Duma Committee on education and science, an expert on international Affairs Vyacheslav Nikonov believes that the U.S. President did not seize the opportunity to improve relations with Russia. According to the politician, from the Russian Federation was followed by “a response to those anti-Russian measures that were implemented by the us administration [of former President Barack] Obama.” “Then from our side there was no answer to give a chance to the administration of Donald trump to cancel illegal measures, which were contrary to all diplomatic norms in force in the world,” he said.

“However, despite numerous attempts to solve this problem, the American side did not go forward. Here is what had to be done at the end of last year ,and what is done now,” said the Deputy. “This delayed the counter, we were given a chance to Trump, he didn’t take it,” said Nikonov.

“Obviously, our counter-sanctions are something mirrored in nature, but in some ways are more stringent than those proposed by the American side in December,” he said. “In our country is much more American diplomats than Russian diplomats in America. Align the number of diplomats will mean that USA will have to send out of our country much more than 30 diplomats. That is even more stringent measures that we have taken against US,” – said Nikonov.

He called absolutely symmetrical response to the suspension of use of the U.S. Embassy’s dacha in Serebryany Bor. Thus, according to him, painful for the American diplomats would be a deprivation of warehouse premises in Moscow . “American warehouse in Moscow is for US really a great entrepot for the shipping of anything in our country. This is a more painful response of the Russian Federation, than what is done in relation to our property,” said Nikonov.

Thus, according to him, “Russia, of course, leaves the chances to resume dialogue on the topic of the return of property, but he will be now from the position of equal opportunities, not just persuading US to return what they took, not having any rights.”

“Emotional setbacks in Russia does not happen”

First Deputy head of the faction “United Russia”, member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs, Adalbi Shhagoshev believes that the Russian response to the new sanctions bill the United States are not symmetrical and give message to the world community that Russia in this respect, acts objectively and adequately.

“Russia is doing is not a symmetrical response, but simply makes it clear that we can answer. Our mission is to the whole world felt our objectivity, because the answer is symmetrically and act as unreasoned as the United States, it is not the Russian format, not our handwriting,” said the Deputy.

“These steps we are given to understand first of all the other countries that we want to build a constructive relationship. With the USA fails it is because Washington is taking unjustified measures against Russia,” the politician continued. According to him, Russia “responds precisely to the actions originally initiated by the American side.” “Emotional setbacks in Russia does not happen, we know how to act coldly and rationally and have the patience,” – said Shhagoshev.

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