Russia Warns US It Could Expel Americans Over Diplomatic Dispute


Russia is hoping that Shannon will have "detailed suggestions on how to resolve the situation" with the Russian property in the US, Zakharova said.

Addressing reporters in Moscow, Ms. Zakharova warned Russian Federation will soon react in kind if the Trump administration continues to keep in place sanctions that resulted in the abrupt seizure last December of compounds in NY and Maryland along with the expulsion of 35 supposed diplomats.

She said Moscow's course of action would depend on the outcome of a meeting in Washington on July 17 between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon.

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Russia is ready to expel a number of US diplomats and seize two USA properties here in a tit-for-tat response if no deal is reached at a meeting of senior diplomats of the two sides in Washington on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

"The seized compounds have not been returned yet", Ms. Zakharova said, as translated by TASS, a state-owned newswire.

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.

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"Accordingly, one of the possible options is, besides the purely symmetrical expulsion of the Americans, to simply equalize the staff", she said. President Obama said the compounds were being "used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes".

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

Mr. Putin has not finalized any retaliatory measures as of Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Reuters.

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