Russia Threatens to Reciprocate US Seizure of Russian Diplomatic Compound

Russia Threatens to Reciprocate US Seizure of Russian Diplomatic Compound

The warning was in response to comments made on CNN by Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, that linked the compounds' return to Russia's adherence to a recent U.S-Russian cease-fire deal in southwest Syria.

The two compounds located in Maryland and NY were seized by the Obama administration a year ago to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the US elections.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian state-sponsored hackers and propagandists interfered in last year's White House race by targeting Mr. Trump's former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it was prepared to toss out American officials from the country and close down a number of USA properties in retaliation if two of its recreational compounds in the United States were not reopened.

Trump, he said, pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin "on multiple occasions" about election tampering when they met last week at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg.

Mr. Putin has not finalized any retaliatory measures as of Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Reuters.

The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman warned that his country "will have to take reciprocal measures" if the issue of the confiscated compounds is not resolved.




In an interview with USA media on Tuesday, Veselnitskaya denied any links with the Russian government and said she didn't have any damaging information on Hillary Clinton, Trump's presidential election rival.

He argued that "the Americans tried to portray those as a witch hunt against United States diplomats".

Zakharova described Obama's moves as a "provocation" intended at derailing Trump's attempts to improve bilateral relations.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also denounced the notion of returning the compounds last week.

"The seized compounds have not been returned yet".

"We consider the use of children as human shields by radical opposition members to be barbarous and unacceptable", the diplomat added. As for the measures - the number of personnel at the USA embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington. "So, one of the options is that, apart from expelling the corresponding number of USA diplomats, we will just have to even the number of personnel".

Russia's leadership, including Vladimir Putin, have dismissed time and again the accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 United States elections - in spite of the findings announced by the USA intelligence community.

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