(ABC Australia) The US has given Russia until tomorrow to close diplomatic offices in New York and Washington, and close the consulate in San Francisco. Auskar Surbakti speaks to Associate Professor Mikhail Troitskiy, Director of the School of Government and International Affairs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Troitskiy: "We are really at a very advanced stage in this tit-for-tat. The Russian foreign minister today invokes the Magnitsky act in the US that was adopted in late 2013, as the first move in the first move of the tit-for-tat. Easing of sanctions would be something that Russia would want. What Moscow has mostly been complaining about is the policy of unilateral sanctions that Russia argues contradicts all kinds of international legal norms and obligations. On the US side, it insists that Eastern Ukraine being returned under effective of the the government in Kyiv, and perhaps sorting all issues in Syria, plus reassurances that Moscow is not going to interfere in US elections through cyber operations anymore." […]
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