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Obama left Trump with horrible legacy, Russian top diplomat says

This legacy still has a certain effect, according to Sergey Lavrov

MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Former US President Barack Obama left his successor Donald Trump a horrible legacy when he left the Oval Office, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The minister recalled how Obama was, "resentful over Edward Snowden’s asylum," and cancelled his visit to a summit in Moscow, where "a very interesting document on strategic stability was being prepared for signing."

"He had this quirk of placing personal [things] above government. He also displayed it in December 2016, when he, already an outgoing president, ‘slammed the door’ by seizing Russian diplomatic properties and by forcing the diplomats out. By doing so, he left Trump with a horrible legacy in relations with Russia, which still has a certain effect," the top diplomat added.

On September 2, 2017, the US authorities, under the pretext of the sanctions, closed the Russian consulate general in San Francisco, the trade office in Washington and its division in New York.

The former two objects are Russian state property and they enjoy diplomatic immunity, while the latter was rented by Moscow. Russia viewed the diplomatic property seizure as a blatantly hostile act and called on the US to return these objects immediately.

On March 26, 2018, Washington announced the seizure of the Russian consulate general in Seattle (rented) and the residence of the consul general (Russian diplomatic property).