Donald Trump wants collaboration and cooperation with Russia: White House

Donald Trump wants collaboration and cooperation with Russia: White House

On Friday, Zakharova said the attacks on the ministry's mail server, which occurred on June 29, "resulted in grave consequences", reports The Moscow Times.

The estates were closed by the Obama administration last December as part of United States retaliation against Russian Federation for its meddling in the 2016 election.

"The Russian government's interference in the 2016 US election makes abundantly clear the Kremlin's nefarious intentions toward the United States, which also remain unchanged", the senators wrote.

Four Democratic senators have written a letter to Undersecretary Tom Shannon, who will be meeting with his Russian counterpart on Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

NY and Maryland lawmakers are trying to stop the Trump administration from returning two compounds in those states that intelligence officials say were used for espionage operations to the Russian government.

"If the USA partners do not understand differently, we will at some point have to act in this direction", Zakharova said at a weekly briefing, noting that a "long pause" on the issue has "dragged on".

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

Recent indications that the Trump administration was preparing to return the properties brought criticism from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who argue that Moscow has done nothing to warrant a reprieve from punishment for its meddling in the USA presidential election past year. One option under consideration is stripping the premises of the diplomatic immunity they previously enjoyed.

Peskov was responding to comments made to CNN by Sebastian Gorka, a Trump adviser, that appeared to link the compounds' return to Russia's behavior in Syria.

An administration official will be meeting next week with a Russian diplomat, and there are understandable fears that the Putin-friendly White House will return the compounds. Officials searching the homes afterward reportedly found the remnants of destroyed intelligence materials and related equipment after the Russians quickly cleared out in less than a day.

"We have to move on in the interest of USA national security and saving innocent lives", he said.

"The Kremlin has absolutely nothing to do with this meeting and has never been in contact with this lawyer", said Peskov at his daily news briefing. "Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian and Syrian problems are solved", he tweeted.

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