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Russian Federation vows to boot United States diplomats if compounds aren’t reopened

Russia is preparing to retaliate against the United States for seizing two diplomatic compounds and expelling almost three dozen Russian nationals late last year, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday, putting pressure on President Trump to reverse Obama-era sanctions imposed over Moscow’s meddling in last year’s election.Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in NY.”We have a way of responding”, she told a news briefing.She said that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Under-Secretary of State Thomas Shannon are expected to discuss this issue at a meeting in Washington.Russia said yesterday that too many American spies operated in Moscow under diplomatic cover and said it might expel some of them to retaliate against the United States over Washington’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats previous year.”The seized compounds have not been returned yet”, Ms. Zakharova said, as translated by TASS, a state-owned newswire.Russia could expel more than 35 Americans, Ms. Zakharova said, making sure that the same number of diplomats work in the United States Embassy in Moscow and the Russian Embassy in Washington.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. President Obama said the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes”.Any U.S. preconditions for the return of its diplomatic property seized by the United States ran contrary to global law, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.Putin has not yet taken any decisions on retaliatory measures, Peskov said.