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Archive for August 14, 2017

Newsline: Peru and Venezuela Expel Each Others Ambassadors

Venezuela has rejected Peru’s decision to withdraw its Ambassador to Lima and said it is obliged to expel the Peruvian Ambassador to Caracas in response. The government issued a statement which criticises the move and adds “The President of the Republic of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has become an enemy of Bolivar’s homeland by continually interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela”. Earlier the Peruvian government announced the expulsion of Ambassador, Diego Molero, giving him a maximum of five days to leave the country. Lima says Caracas had sent an “unacceptable” response following a regional meeting which condemned Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.



Newsline: Russia may be forced to shut down consulate in retaliation for slashing US diplomatic staff

Russia may be forced to close one of four consulates in the U.S. as part of an ongoing diplomatic tit-for-tat between the two countries, sources said. The U.S. State Department will announce whether Russia will have to close one of the consulate generals in New York, Houston, San Francisco, or Seattle, by September 1, according to sources cited by the Russian newspaper Kommersant. Congress imposed sanctions on Russia — which Trump begrudgingly signed off on — because of the Kremlin’s interference in the U.S. presidential elections last year. The backlash was swift, and Russia seized two American diplomatic properties in Russia in late July.