McCain: Putin and his minions will pay for an attack on US democracy
Senator John McCain of the United States Democratic Party commented on the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin about the possible expulsion of American diplomats from Russia.
"It's not surprising that Putin throws out American diplomats, he and his minions will pay for attacking our democracy anyway," McCain said.
On Friday, July 28, the Russian Foreign Ministry offered the American side to reduce the number of US diplomatic personnel to 455 people, and also announced the suspension of the use of the US embassy by all storage facilities on Road Street in Moscow, as well as dachas in the Serebryany Bor. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, 755 representatives of US diplomatic agencies should leave Russia.
At the end of December 2016, by order of the Presidential Administration of Barack Obama, Russian officials were expelled from diplomatic offices in New York and Maryland as a response to Russia's interference in the presidential elections in the United States.
At the beginning of June 2017, information appeared that Donald Trump could cancel Obama's ban and return diplomatic departments to Russia in exchange for continuing the construction of the US consulate in St. Petersburg. In particular, next Monday a meeting of representatives of the US State Department and the Russian Foreign Ministry will also be held, which will also discuss the return of arrested diplomatic departments.
Four American Democratic senators called on the State Department not to return the residence of Russia. Then the White House was informed that they could return diplomatic residences to Russia in exchange for a ceasefire in Syria.