- Title: Russia will retaliate if U.S. does not release property, Lavrov says
- Date: 11th July 2017
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (FILE - MARCH 16, 2015) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF EUROPEAN EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE BUILDING (EEAS) SOLDIER ON DUTY OUTSIDE EEAS
- Embargoed: 25th July 2017 19:48
- Keywords: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini diplomatic assets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov U.S.
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016P9YCEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: RUSSIAN TRANSLATION IN SHOT 6 PROVIDED BY OFFICIAL INTERPRETER
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of 'retaliatory measures' against the United States at a news conference in Brussels with the EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini on Tuesday (July 11), saying Russia was considering ways to respond to the seizure of some of its diplomatic premises in the United States and expulsions of diplomats.
In December, the U.S. seized two Russian diplomatic compounds and then-President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russians over what he said was their involvement in hacking to interfere in the U.S. presidential election campaign. Moscow denied the allegations.
On Iran, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said the European Union respected the United States' review of the 2015 deal with Iran but would make clear to Washington that it was an international accord endorsed by the United Nations.
The historic deal between Iran and six major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of oil and financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump said in April it was launching an inter-agency review of whether the lifting of sanctions against Iran was in the United States' national security interests.
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