Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Peskov: we hope for United States political wisdom in Russian diplomatic property spat

Peskov: we hope for United States political wisdom in Russian diplomatic property spat

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

Moscow expects the United States to exhibit political wisdom and will in resolving the dispute over the seized Russian diplomatic property in NY and Maryland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

Russian Federation has described any possible conditions set by Washington to return two of the country's diplomatic compounds in the U.S. that were closed down late previous year as "unacceptable".

Peskov said any preconditions for the U.S.to return the compounds would be "unacceptable" for Russian Federation, according to TASS.

The Kremlin has accused the United States of setting conditions on the return of the compounds in NY and Maryland.

U.S. Undersecretary Tom Shannon met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov at the State Department on Monday, part of a series of meetings on how to resolve the situation.

'We have repeatedly said that we think any conditions are unacceptable.

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"What is happening is - de facto and de jure - a violation of global law", he said.

In December 2016, Washington imposed a number of restrictive measures on Russia over Moscow's alleged meddling in the U.S. 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. "Contacts are happening between the foreign policy departments".

Russian Federation has vehemently denied any involvement in election hacking.

Putin did not retaliate to the seizure of the compounds at the time.

He also said the "anti-Russian feeling" in the United States is making it more hard for the two countries to agree on key global issues, Reuters reported.

"We hope yet that our american colleagues will demonstrate wisdom and political will", he added.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that Moscow "will have to take reciprocal measures" if the issue is not resolved.

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