Russian Federation rejects any United States conditions for return of seized compounds


Russian Federation rejects any United States conditions for return of seized compounds

Russian Federation is again calling on the United States to restore its access to two diplomatic compounds that were seized in December by then-President Barack Obama's administration.

"We consider it absolutely unacceptable to place conditions on the return of diplomatic property".

Then-US President Barack Obama ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and kicked out 35 diplomats from the country in response to alleged Kremlin hacking of the US election in 2016.

Moscow expects the United States to exhibit political wisdom and will in resolving the dispute over the seized Russian diplomatic property in NY and Maryland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

After Russia was seized in 2016 USA presidential elections over Moscow's alleged interference by the former President Obama.The Obama administration announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the United States presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians.

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.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow would take retaliatory measures against Washington if the situation with Russia's diplomatic property in the United States was not resolved.

President Vladimir Putin raised the issue with Donald Trump when they met for the first time at the G20 summit in Hamburg this month.

Russian officials have repeatedly called for the unconditional restoration of access to the diplomatic compounds, saying Moscow's patience is running out.

Trump now is in the midst of months of congressional and criminal investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton and whether he obstructed justice with the firing back in May of then-FBI director James Comey, who was heading the agency's Russian Federation investigation.

Russian Federation has vehemently denied any involvement in election hacking.