Ryabkov: US’s dragging out with diplomatic property issue to be responded in kind
Washington’s dragging out with the situation around the confiscated Russian diplomatic property will be responded in kind, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said.
According to him, there is no action regarding the situation with the diplomatic property. "Our regular messages to Washington demanding to return our property, that is protected by diplomatic immunity, immediately and with no strings attached have proved to be ineffective. As he put it, the US, from a legal perspective, "seriously violates the regulations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations," Ryabkov said in an interview with the Izvestiya newspaper.
"It contravenes even its own law that prohibits such offenses against private property," Ryabkov noted. "It [the diplomatic property] was bought back in the USSR and then re-registered as Russia’s property. There cannot be any other explanation or interpretation here." the Deputy foreign minister stressed that this is "a serious violation of the legal rules."
He highlighted that Moscow called for "common sense and understanding by the American side of the clear rules of international communication." "There is no effect yet, Americans stick to their line, which makes us think of retaliatory measures. Responding in kind is one of the basic principles of interstate communication in situations when other party’s interests are affected," TASS cited him as saying.
"That is why I do not rule out responding in kind. Moreover, we warned the US many times that further prolongation of the solution to this issue will lead to corresponding retaliatory measures, including responding in kind," Ryabkov recalled.