Ahead Of Meeting, Russia Presses For Access To Diplomatic Compunds

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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the USA closure of the properties in the eastern states of NY and Maryland "daylight robbery".

"We have repeatedly said that we think any conditions are unacceptable".

In December 2016, Washington imposed a number of restrictive measures on Russia over Moscow's alleged meddling in the USA presidential election, including sanctions against several Russian individuals and entities, as well as the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States.

Russian Federation demanded Monday that the United States return two compounds that were ordered closed previous year after the USA intelligence community concluded that Moscow had interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

The issue of the closure of the two Russian compounds is on the agenda again in Washington on Monday, with a meeting between U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

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His boss, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, was also reported as saying on a visit to Belarus that "anti-Russian feeling" in the United States meant it was not certain that Moscow and Washington could agree on key global issues.

Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov said he hopes "political wisdom" will prevail. "Kremlin, as it is, does not really participate but as you know this issue was raised by President [Vladimir] Putin during his G20 meeting with President Trump in a quite straightforward manner".

The Trump administration has tied returning the compounds to Russian Federation if Moscow shows "acts of good faith" in Syria.

The White House has faced a maelstrom of United States investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Relations were further damaged by Moscow's alleged interference in the US election. But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned last month that the Kremlin could retaliate if the compounds were not returned.

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