Russian Federation to decide next week on retaliation against U.S. over compound seizures


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.

"Even hinting at possible steps toward cooperation between our countries is now seen in the political suicide", he said.

The outgoing Obama administration expelled 35 suspected Russian spies late past year and seized two diplomatic compounds over what it said was the hacking of USA political groups during the 2016 presidential election.

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.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it would have to expel USA diplomats and shut down some U.S. compounds in Russia if the United States does not reopen two Russian recreational estates in America that were shut down past year.

"We expect that now, after the summit in Hamburg on July 7, the USA side will show a more constructive approach", Zakharova surmised.

Reports this week that US President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr.

Russian Federation cannot tolerate this situation for long without taking reciprocal measures, said the spokesman, adding that Moscow, at the same time, expects Washington to show political will and "rectify the violations of worldwide law".

By considering a release of the Russian diplomatic compounds that have remained sealed since December, Washington wants to leave the door open for rapprochement with Russia, Gorka said in an interview with CNN.

"There are too many employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon's espionage unit working under the roof of the American diplomatic mission whose activity does not correspond at all with their status", said Zakharova.

"If there is no progress, we will have to take retaliatory measures", she added.

When asked specifically by Tapper about those two compounds, Gorka said the United States needs to find ways to work with Russian Federation.

"The number of personnel at the US embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington".

She said Russia was planning possible retaliation for the December expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. "So, one of the options is that, apart from expelling the corresponding number of USA diplomats, we will just have to even the number of personnel".