Russian Federation warns of response if U.S. doesn't reopen its properties

Marsha Scott
July 16, 2017

At the same time, she also expressed hope that the US will adopt a more constructive approach to resolving the diplomatic property dispute after Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump met face-to-face for the first time last week.

The measures included barring access to two diplomatic compounds in use by the Russian Embassy in Washington and Russia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in NY.

US lawmakers have raised concerns that Moscow might use the firm's products to attack American computer networks, a particularly sensitive issue given allegations by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation hacked and leaked emails of Democratic Party political groups to interfere in the 2016 presidential election campaign. Putin did not immediately retaliate over the expulsions and property seizure, saying he would wait to see what the Trump administration would do.

The United States refused to issue visas to Russian diplomats slated to replace embassy staff expelled in December, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova said Friday. As for the measures - the number of personnel at the USA embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington. "Since the seizure of these compounds, we are unaware of any evidence or assessment that the treatment of USA personnel in the Russian Federation has markedly improved".

She said Russia was planning possible retaliation for the December expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.

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

"If there is no progress, we will have to take retaliatory measures", Zakharova said.

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"But at the same time we expect that in the end our colleagues in the USA will finally show some kind of political will to rectify the violations of worldwide law which they admitted".

The irony, missed in much the reporting, is that whether she was part of some Russian "active measures", dirty-tricks campaign, or merely a sharp opportunist who knew the best way to get an audience with the Trump team, the Kremlin gains, either way.

Tapper came back with his own observation, stating that "we don't dole out rewards to countries because they possess a nuclear weapon", noting that America wouldn't do that with "China and Pakistan".

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon is scheduled to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on July 17 in Washington, a meeting that has already been postponed once-they were supposed to meet on June 23 in St. Petersburg.

Company head Eugene Kaspersky has a couple of 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. "Everything depends on the reaction of the US side, its concrete actions, and on the results of the consultations which will now take place in Washington".

"There is no precise deadline".

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