'US preconditions to return Russian diplomatic property daylight robbery'

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

The Trump administration has tied returning the compounds to Russian Federation if Moscow shows "acts of good faith" in Syria.

Peskov did not comment on a meeting later on Monday in the US between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and State Department Undersecretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, who will discuss the matter.

Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov said he hopes "political wisdom" will prevail.

In December 2016, Washington imposed a number of restrictive measures on Russia over Moscow's alleged meddling in the USA presidential election, including sanctions against several Russian individuals and entities, as well as the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States.

The public objection was rare for Netanyahu, who has sought to avoid confrontation with Moscow and Washington over Syria.

Russian Federation is demanding the immediate return of diplomatic properties seized by the Obama administration after claims Moscow hacked the United States election.

FBI is investigating contacts between his campaign and Russia, Trump is moving toward returning the compounds.

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

He declined to discuss what steps Russian Federation would take if the meeting between Ryabkov and Shannon failed to resolve the row.

Peskov said any US preconditions to return the property would be unacceptable for Moscow and said Washington's failure to hand back the compounds ran counter to global law.

The Kremlin continues to believe that Russia's diplomatic property in the USA must be returned without any preconditions. "We believe that it must be returned without any conditions, without any negotiations", Peskov told reporters.

President Trump has continued to cast doubt on Russian interference in the election, saying he wants to build closer ties with Russia.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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