Sands: the response of the Russian Federation in case of expulsion of diplomats from the United States will be based on the principle of reciprocity

MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. Moscow has not received from Washington an official notification of possible expulsion of its diplomats, but the answer of the Russian Federation in case of acceptance of the USA this decision will be based on the principle of reciprocity. This was stated press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, making comments on information of Bloomberg Agency, that President Donald trump dozens of Russian diplomats from the United States because of the case of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal.

“We used to rely on media reports and any official statements, we still have not seen or heard from Washington about the alleged expulsion of our diplomats”, – said the press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation. “Be guided by facts and statements by officials, not the media”, he added. “Of course, in each such case will work the principle of reciprocity,” Peskov said.

March 24, Bloomberg, citing its sources reported that trump is planning to send from USA to Russian diplomats because of the case Skripal and this was “likely to be announced on Monday”. The Agency claims that the US President agreed with previously received the recommendation of the national security Council the White house to expel Russian diplomats and “ready to act, but before doing so, wants to be sure that the European allies will take the same steps against Russia.”

On March 4, former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia were in Salisbury, according to the British side, effects of nerve agents. Later London made a statement that this substance was supposedly developed in Russia, and on this basis accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. The Russian side has categorically denied all the speculation, arguing that programmes such substances neither in the USSR nor in Russia did not exist.

Official Washington expressed solidarity with London and said that the United States continues to consider several options for more sanctions against Moscow in connection with the case Skripal.