Moscow threatens retaliation if Trump doesn't return compounds

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Russia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in NY.

"We gave time for the new administration to examine this disgusting legacy and begin to build the bilateral relationship on the basis of mutual respect", Ms. Zakharova said.

Moreover, according to Ms. Zakharova, the United States is now refusing to issue visas to Russian diplomats waiting to replace those who were expelled.

She confirmed that the issue is expected to be discussed during the upcoming meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, which is scheduled to take place in Washington DC next Monday, July 17. Russian Federation is ready to shut them if the issue is not resolved, Ms. Zakharova said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reportedly threatened on Friday to expel US diplomats and close American compounds in the country if the Trump administration does not return two Russian diplomatic compounds in the USA that were seized past year.

Russia said yesterday that too many American spies operated in Moscow under diplomatic cover and said it might expel some of them to retaliate against the United States over Washington's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats a year ago. "One of our options, apart from a tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans, would be to even out the numbers".

Russian authorities repeatedly urged the United States to restore access to Russian diplomatic property.

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to retaliate immediately, saying he would wait to see what the new administration of Donald Trump would do.

Speaking at a news briefing on Friday, the Kremlin's spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, said that Mr. Putin had not yet made a decision on the fate of the American diplomats.



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