Moscow threatens retaliation if Trump doesn't return compounds

Moscow threatens retaliation if Trump doesn't return compounds

She argued earlier that the Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland had always had diplomatic immunity, so their seizure was a gross violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The statement followed a warning by Moscow that it is preparing a "tough response" to the move.

CNN quoted the ministry's spokeswoman, Maria V. Zakharova, as saying that after US President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin last week, Russia expected the US "to take a more constructive approach" to resolving the dispute.

Company head Eugene Kaspersky has a few times proposed meeting U.S. government officials and has offered to testify to the U.S. Congress "to respond to all questions from the U.S. government that may arise", it was quoted as saying. She also criticized the United States for not issuing visas to diplomats who are supposed to replaced the expelled staff.

Russian diplomats have said the compounds are treated as vacation homes, but us officials claimed they were also used by Moscow for intelligence-related purposes.

Russia's online newspaper Vzglyad reviewed what the latest developments might actually signal.

Veselnitskaya was said to be a "Russian government attorney", and her meeting with Trump Jr. has added fuel to suspicion in the United States that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the election.

"The president was not in a court of law", Gorka said.

"The fact is, we may not share the same philosophy, we may not share the same type of statesman view of the world, but the fact is there are some issues of common concern".

From the Russian side, the issue has been addressed by the Foreign Ministry and the Kremlin, while the rank of the Washington official was evidently lower. "Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian and Syrian problems are solved", he tweeted.

Russia's leadership, including Vladimir Putin, have dismissed time and again the accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections - in spite of the findings announced by the United States intelligence community. The above developments won't make a serious blow to his reputation.

The Washington Post later reported that the Obama administration struggled to find ways to retaliate against Moscow after the USA discovered that Putin was directly involved in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the United States presidential race over two years ago.

In early June, the USA government denied reports it had reached an agreement with Russian Federation to return to it the two diplomatic compounds in question - one in Maryland and one in NY - to Russian Federation.

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.

Spokeswoman Zakharova has stated that there are "too many" CIA and U.S. military intelligence operatives posing as diplomats in the American Embassy in Moscow. The meeting was initially scheduled for June 23, but was subsequently postponed by Moscow due to the "lack of U.S. readiness for the comprehensive discussion".

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