RT: ‘Like McCarthyism’: Lavrov slams US ‘witch hunt-like’ scrutiny of Russian ambassador’s contacts
With Russian Ambassador to the USA Sergey Kislyak’s contacts with members of the Trump administration under scrutiny, Moscow won’t apply a tit-for-tat approach to US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov promised.
Lavrov said the whole situation resembled the days of McCarthyism.
Kislyak recently found himself under the US media spotlight with reports of his communications, first with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and then with Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.
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WNU Editor: Russian pundits on TV and radio are even more brutal in their comments .... they see a silent coup being instigated by the Democrats, their progressive allies, and anti-Trump Republicans to de-legitimise President Trump that would eventually lead to his impeachment. My take is more diplomatic .... this is bare-knuckle Washington politics where one side has not (and will not) accept President Trump as their President, and they are doing everything in their power to get rid of him. As to how this will impact U.S. - Russian relations .... I see it already .... U.S. - Russian diplomatic relations are now frozen, and this is very dangerous in view of the conflicts that are now occurring in Ukraine, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Diplomacy is the art where diplomats and officials meet to discuss issues that concerns their respective countries ... and where confidentiality and privacy are paramount. This has now been blown out of the water .... with demands from those who oppose President Trump to know who in his staff met Russian officials, what was discussed, the when and where these meetings occurred, and .... more importantly .... how President Trump can be tied to all of this.
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