maria zakharova, the diva

Russia, says too many Pindo spies work in Moscow
Andrew Osborn, Maria Tsvetkova, Reuters, Jul 14 2017

MOSCOW – Russia said on Friday that too many American spies operated in Moscow under diplomatic cover and said it might expel some of them to retaliate against Pindostan over Faschingstein’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats last year. The warning, delivered by Russian Foreign Ministry spox Maria Zakharova, reflects rising frustration in Moscow over the Trump administration’s refusal to hand back two Russian diplomatic compounds which were seized at the same time as some of Russia’s diplomats were sent home last year. Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 suspected supposed Russian spies in December, along with the seizure of the two diplomatic compounds, over what he said was the hacking of political groups during the 2016 presidential election. Pres Putin decided not to retaliate immediately at the time, saying he would wait to see what the new administration of Donald Trump would do. Zakharova complained on Friday that Pindo boxtops were not issuing visas to Russian diplomats to allow Moscow to replace the expelled employees and get its embassy back up to full strength.

Plus, a highlight from the same briefing, and finally the whole thing:

Full briefing, 2 hrs, ENGLISH:

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