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Expelled Russian diplomats not US enemies — Russian ambassador


Russian diplomats, who are leaving the United States following orders from the US authorities, are not enemies and the two countries should be in close cooperation to maintain global stability, Russia’s Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said in a video address uploaded on the Twitter page of the Russian Embassy to Washington, DC on Saturday, APA reports quoting TASS.

 

"They are not US enemies. The US authorities have expelled American friends. Our diplomats were developing cooperation between Russia and the United States in different areas, among which are business, science, culture, space exploration and joint search for prisoners of war and missing in action," Antonov said.

 

"This choice is unfortunate," he added. "We are still confident that only close interaction between our countries can help maintain international strategic stability and find mutually beneficial solutions to global and regional challenges," Antonov said.

 

The Russian ambassador’s address was uploaded on Twitter when the first group of expelled Russian diplomats was heading on buses for Washington Dulles International Airport. A special flight will carry them to Moscow after making a stopover in New York for the diplomats expelled from the consulate general and Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

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