September 5, 2017 / 3:24 PM / a year ago

Putin orders Foreign Ministry to sue U.S. over seizure of diplomatic property

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his Foreign Ministry to sue the U.S. government over the seizure of Russian diplomatic property in the United States, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a group photo during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province, China September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Wu Hong/Pool

Putin this week warned he would order to take legal action over alleged violations of Russia’s property rights by Washington.

Putin also said Moscow reserved the right to further cut the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in response to what he called Washington’s “boorish” treatment of Russia’s diplomatic mission on U.S. soil that took place last week.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Alison Williams

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