Remarks to the press by Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
Q: Could you comment on your reaction to US and their sanctions?
A: We are not happy about that. But it was not our choice, it was the choice of the US Congress which is making damage both to President Trump and to prospects of Russian-American relations.
Q: We’ve heard about the resolution on DPRK. Is Russia still not happy with the draft resolution?
A: The Security Council has not seen the draft resolution yet. When we see it then we’ll be able to say what we think of it.
Q: Today Russia has said they want US diplomats out to certain number, and is closing their compounds. Why? What was their reason to do this?
A: It was a reaction which was delayed for a very considerable time, for half a year, in a hope that the current Administration will undo the damage Obama’s Administration did. We have been robbed of our compounds here absolutely illegally and our diplomats were sent out. In diplomacy there is reciprocity. We showed restraint, and were patient long enough. We were warning our American counterparts that we would be obliged to do so if there is no progress on that issue. We see there is not any. Even worse with the latest draft bill by the Congress. Time has come. We had to do it.
Q: Are you optimistic about working with your American counterpart Ambassador Haley and the Trump Administration?
A: I will not be working with Trump Administration as such. But, of course, I will be working with Ambassador Haley and I am looking forward to meeting her soon. I presented my credentials this morning to the Secretary-General. Now I can officially meet my colleagues which I will do in a matter of a few days.