'US preconditions to return Russian diplomatic property daylight robbery'

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

Later Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet in Washington, DC, with Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon over the diplomatic impasse between the two countries.

Barack Obama, then US president, ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in December over what he said was their involvement in hacking the 2016 USA presidential election campaign, something Russia flatly denies.

A ceasefire agreement for southern Syria was reached by Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany's Hamburg on July 7.

But Russia has hinted recently that it may retaliate if the USA doesn't reverse the property seizure and allow its diplomats to return.

The options the Kremlin is considering include the seizure of two American government properties near Moscow and the expulsion of U.S. diplomats whom Russian Federation says are spies. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refused to comment on a statement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who opposes the ceasefire in southern Syria reached by Russian Federation and the United States. The White House had previously hosted other high-ranking Russian diplomats.

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