Antonov: the expelled Russian diplomats were not enemies of the USA

WASHINGTON, March 31. /TASS/. Russian diplomats leaving the United States at the request of the American authorities, were not enemies to the United States, countries are destined to have a friendly relationship. This was stated by Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov in a video message posted Saturday on the official website of the Russian Embassy in Twitter.

“They are not enemies of the United States. The U.S. government sent America’s friends, – said the head of the diplomatic mission in the appeal, written in English. – Our diplomats to develop cooperation between Russia and the United States in various fields, including business, science, culture, space research and the joint search for prisoners of war and missing”. “This is a sad decision,” he said.

The diplomat said that countries still seem to be friends and expressed hope that all understand it.

Antonov added that the Russian Embassy in the United States will do everything that the Americans have not had any problems with travel to Russia.

“The relationship between ordinary citizens should not suffer (from the current political tensions in bilateral relations – approx. TASS). We will do everything in our power to ensure that Americans will not be absolutely no issues with travel in Russia,” he said.

“The Americans after a visit to our country will understand why we love so much, and why we are so proud of the Motherland, – says Antonov. – We will continue to tell people more about Russia and to help them discover our history, culture and achievements in space and modern technological breakthroughs”.

His video message was published at a time when the first group deported from the U.S. to Russian diplomats went on a bus to the international airport DULLES international near Washington. Them already waiting for the special, which then will make a stop in new York, taking there also expelled the staff of the Consulate General and permanent mission of Russia to the UN. After that, the plane will go to Moscow.