Kaspersky Lab says it has become pawn in US-Russia geopolitical game

Aaron Brown
July 16, 2017

"But at the same time we expect that in the end our colleagues in the USA will finally show some kind of political will to rectify the violations of global law which they admitted".

The Kremlin said on Wednesday Moscow's patience was running out in its diplomatic row with the United States that seized Russia's diplomatic property in the USA and expelled Russian diplomats in 2016.

He declined to say when Moscow could take its retaliatory action.

"Jake, I'd ask you the question, do you wish us to have bad or deteriorating relations with the nuclear power that is the Russian Federation?

If our American partners do not understand it in a different way, at some point we will have to take steps in this direction".

The Trump administration on Tuesday removed the Moscow-based firm from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology equipment, amid concerns its products could be used by the Kremlin to gain entry into US networks. However, the Russian side is threatening to cancel it again if the matter of diplomatic properties that were seized in December of 2016 under outgoing President Obama's orders, is not going to be dealt with in some substantive way.

"Washington not only did not rescind the decision to expel our employees, but also refuses to issue visas to those who must travel as replacements", Zakharova said.

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She spoke about the possible expulsion of United States diplomats from Russia in response to Washington's seizure of the Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland six months ago.

Gorka went on about how Trump had "pressed and pressed" Russian President Vladimir Putin about election meddling during their meeting last week, before coming to the conclusion that it's time to just drop it.

"The number of personnel at the USA embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington".

When asked specifically by Tapper about those two compounds, Gorka said the United States needs to find ways to work with Russian Federation.

The White House aide explained that the administration is not "looking to create new enemies" and that they would "like to have better relations with Russian Federation".

Russia's leadership, including Vladimir Putin, have dismissed time and again the accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections - in spite of the findings announced by the U.S. intelligence community.

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