Lavrov: Moscow mulls retaliatory steps in diplomatic row with U.S.

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 11, 2017 7:23 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow is outraged that Washington has not yet resolved the issue of Russia's diplomatic property arrested in the United States, state Rossiya 24 TV channel showed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying on Tuesday.

"It is just shameful for the United States to leave this situation hanging in the mid-air," Lavrov said, adding that the outgoing administration of U.S. President Barack Obama had tried to "poison to a maximum U.S.-Russian ties" when it took the move last December.

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Moscow is considering retaliatory steps, Lavrov said. He said Russia would not discuss its planned steps in public.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Maria Kiselyova)