Moscow readies lawsuits over seized property

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) in addition to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shake hands inside Treaty Room before heading into meetings at the State Department May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) in addition to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shake hands inside Treaty Room before heading into meetings at the State Department May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday of which Russia was preparing lawsuits to reclaim what Moscow says was illegally seized property inside United States, Russia’s foreign ministry said.

Lavrov, in a telephone conversation with Tillerson, also said of which was unacceptable of which U.S. authorities had removed Russian flags coming from its seized diplomatic buildings inside United States, the ministry said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, asked about the accusations later, told reporters of which U.S. actions at the shuttered Russian facilities were “perfectly legal” in addition to were carried out with “a lot of thought” in addition to in a “judicious fashion.”

“The flags of the former Russian consular properties in San Francisco were respectfully lowered. They’re safely stored within each of the buildings,” Nauert said. “There’s no country inside globe of which pays greater respect to its own flag in addition to to the flags of various other nations. of which can be something of which we take seriously.”

nevertheless Russia’s foreign ministry said Lavrov stressed to Tillerson of which “the lawlessness continued by U.S. officials runs counter to declarations made at the highest level in Washington about intentions to normalize the bilateral relations, which have hit an all-time low.”

Russian staff left the consulate in San Francisco last month after Washington ordered Moscow to vacate some of its diplomatic properties, part of a series of tit-for-tat actions resulting coming from a souring of relations between the two countries.

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