World Russia's Lavrov to Tillerson: Moscow readies lawsuits over seized property

23:15  12 october  2017
23:15  12 october  2017 Source:   Reuters

Russia threatens retaliation over U.S. 'break-in' at San Francisco consulate

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday that Russia was preparing lawsuits to reclaim what Moscow says was illegally seized property in the United States, Russia ’ s foreign ministry said.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday that Russia was preparing lawsuits to reclaim what Moscow says was illegally seized property in the United States, Russia ' s foreign ministry said.

FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington © REUTERS/Yuri Gripas FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday that Russia was preparing lawsuits to reclaim what Moscow says was illegally seized property in the United States, Russia's foreign ministry said.

Lavrov, in a telephone conversation with Tillerson, also said the actions of the U.S. authorities who ordered to remove Russian flags from its seized diplomatic buildings in the United States were inadmissible, it said.

"It was stressed that 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," the ministry said.

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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