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Russian diplomats have been ordered to leave the United States, flew out of Washington on a specially sent to them from Russia the plane. Earlier it was reported that they were having problems with the return of the native
Plane with Russian diplomats expelled from the United States, flew from Washington. About it reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the press service of the Russian Embassy in America.
“The plane took off, all gone,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
Plane with Russian diplomats flew from Washington at 9:30 a.m. local time (17.30 GMT), have informed RBC in the press service of the Russian Embassy in the United States. “No problems and no accidents. Employees of the Russian diplomatic missions have safely left the country. The only on Board there are five sick children (flu). Before takeoff the captain announced that all the children are invited to Moscow to the Kremlin Christmas tree”, — noted in press service.
Special Board expelled the Russian diplomats arrived in Washington the previous evening Moscow time. Earlier informed source “Interfax” reported that representatives of the Russian diplomatic missions, which the American side were ordered to leave the U.S. within 72 hours, can’t fly out of the country within the prescribed period, as all tickets to the New years eve sold out.
Thursday, December 29, the US state Department declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats, having accused them that they had acted “not in accordance with their diplomatic or consular status.” The Department also noted that measures have been taken in response to “Russia’s intervention in U.S. elections” and for “systematic harassment” of American diplomats. In addition, the United States decided to close two suburban residence of the Russian diplomatic missions in new York and Maryland.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in turn saidthat Moscow will not “create problems for American diplomats” in retaliation to Washington, although it has the right to take retaliatory action. “Reserving the right to retaliate, we will not stoop to the level of “cooking” irresponsible diplomacy”, — Putin said, stressing, however, that the actions of the outgoing US administration in Moscow is regarded “as a provocation aimed at further undermining Russian-American relations.” The Russian leader also noted that further steps to restore relations between the two countries, the Kremlin will be taken “on the basis of policy which will carry out the administration of the [elected] President Donald trump”.