Kremlin on Diplomats’ Potential Expulsion from US: Russia Ready for Worst-Case Scenario

Kremlin on Diplomats’ Potential Expulsion from US: Russia Ready for Worst-Case Scenario

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russia is prepared for any worst-case scenario in its relations with the United States, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, commenting on recent reports about a potential expulsion of diplomats and new sanctions.

“You see, the hostility and unpredictability of the US side’s actions in general obligate us to be prepared for the worst scenarios. When your interlocutor is quite aggressive and unpredictable, you are naturally mobilized all the time. In general, it seems the number of your questions about Russian-US relations largely exceeds the volume of these relations”, Peskov told reporters, when asked if Russia is preparing measures to counter the potential new restrictions.

Russia still does not want relations between the two to deteriorate, the Kremlin spokesman assured.

“We have never posed a threat to anyone, but we will certainly not allow anyone, including the US, to threaten us, to tell us what we should do, and to infringe on our interests”, Peskov stressed.

According to the Kremlin spokesman, the appointment of a special envoy by the United States for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project would be considered interference in the domestic affairs of other countries because Washington has nothing to do with this venture.

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On Wednesday, the media reported, citing current and former US officials, that the White House is looking to appoint a special envoy tasked with halting the construction of the Nord Stream 2 project that would carry Russian gas to Europe.

“This project is extremely important for European energy security and for providing Europe with energy resources, but, of course, such special representatives on the project, which have nothing to do with the United States of America and which is generally located on another continent, probably speaks very eloquently about what is called interference in internal affairs, interference in the economic interests of other countries, and so on and so forth”, Peskov told reporters.

The spokesman also said that Russia and its partners are committed to completing the gas pipeline project.

“So far, we see the countries that are partners in this project are quite consistent in their intentions to finalise this project and launch it”, Peskov said.

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