The US State Department does not have all the details of the additional measures taken by Russia in relation to the US diplomatic mission in Moscow and reserves the right to respond, said the head of the press service of the US Foreign Ministry Ned Price.
вЂњMoscow has officially notified the State Department of parts of the additional measures it has decided to take regarding our [diplomatic] mission in Russia. However, we do not yet have all the details of this, вЂњ вЂ” said the representative of the US Foreign Ministry.
вЂњWe are in the process of studying the measures that we have been officially informed about. We know that they will have a negative impact on the ability of our mission to function, and, as a result, on our ability to interact diplomatically with our Russian colleagues. Of course, we do reserve the right to respond, вЂњ Price said.
At the same time, he once again made claims that Washington's anti-Russian steps were only a response to the alleged attack on American democracy by Russia and hacking of computer systems in the United States through the software company SolarWinds. вЂњThat's how we look at it. It is not that we have escalated [the tension in relations between Russia and the United States],вЂќ the diplomat stressed. Meanwhile, Russia rejects the mentioned accusations from the United States.
вЂњAnd we (US officials) continue to review what the Russians have brought to our attention, knowing that we reserve the right to respond. It will depend on what we hear and evaluate in the future.
However, we know that we need to keep these lines of communication [between Russia and the United States] open if we want to bring some degree of stability and predictability to [bilateral] relations,вЂќ Price added.
The day before, Biden threatened Russia with вЂњ consequences.вЂќ Earlier, the charge d'affaires of Russia in the United States rejected the State Department's claims ofвЂќ destabilizing actions вЂњ by Moscow.
Recall that on April 15, Biden signed a decree on new anti-Russian sanctions and announced the expulsion of ten employees of the Russian diplomatic mission in Washington. The Russian Foreign Ministry has officially announced retaliatory measures in connection with the hostile actions of the United States.
On April 23, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on measures against states unfriendly to Russia, which imposes restrictions on the conclusion of employment contracts with individuals in the territory of the Russian Federation by diplomatic missions of countries whose actions will be recognized as unfriendly.
The list of unfriendly countries is assigned to the Russian government. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov, in turn, said that the list of countries unfriendly to Russia вЂњdoes not have long to waitвЂќ.