Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Peskov: we hope for USA political wisdom in Russian diplomatic property spat

Peskov: we hope for USA political wisdom in Russian diplomatic property spat

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

Sputnik reported that a senior White House official told the state-owned agency that the properties would be given back only if it receives something back from Moscow, which Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov blasted as "daytime robbery".

The Obama administration shuttered the two Russian luxury estates - on in Long Island, N.Y. and the other in Centreville, Md. - in retaliation for the country's interference in the US presidential elections.

Russian Federation has denied any interference.

The compound issue "is expected to dominate" the discussion between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, according to Tass.

Mr Lavrov added that this disagreement and "anti-Russian" sentiment among Americans may mean the countries will not agree on key, global issues.

Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov said he hopes "political wisdom" will prevail. As deputy assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka said on CNN last Thursday, "We want to give collaboration, cooperation a chance".

"It's possible that some of the intelligence led them to speculate or believe that the Russians were using these residential compounds for some sort of espionage activity".

The Russian President held off from retaliating at the time and said he would wait to see how Mr Trump reacted after he came into the White House.

The Trump administration has tied returning the compounds to Russian Federation if Moscow shows "acts of good faith" in Syria. The Senate has passed new sanctions legislation that would codify existing sanctions, implement new ones and force the Trump administration to seek Congressional approval before it can change any sanctions - including returning the compounds.

Russian Federation is intensifying its threats that it could now retaliate by blocking a country house and a storage facility used by the US Embassy in Moscow.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova complained that the U.S. was also refusing to issue visas for Russian diplomats to replace those expelled.

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