Russia: US Has Too Many Spies In Moscow

Trevor Jackson
July 16, 2017

The warning was in response to comments made on CNN by Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, that linked the compounds' return to Russia's adherence to a recent U.S-Russian cease-fire deal in southwest Syria.

A White House official on Thursday said the administration had to "move on" from Russia's 2016 election interference, allowing for the possibility that the United States could return two compounds on U.S. soil to the Russian government.

Following the order, Russian President Vladamir Putin said he would not retaliate, leading then President-elect Donald Trump to praise the Russian leader in a tweet.

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 a year ago.

Trump, he said, pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin "on multiple occasions" about election tampering when they met last week at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg.

Veselnitskaya was said to be a "Russian government attorney", and her meeting with Trump Jr. has added fuel to suspicion in the United States that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the election.

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Putin has not yet taken any decisions on retaliatory measures, Peskov said.

The Foreign Ministry statement held out hopes that the U.S. could reverse its sanctions and resolve the whole situation, but warned that time is running out, and that they'll soon feel obliged to retaliate, expelling some USA diplomats.

The compounds were closed as part of a larger punishment, which included sanctions, for Russia's 2016 presidential election meddling.

In January, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow had foiled a number of incidents involving intelligence activities by members of the American diplomatic mission in Russia. "If our American partners do not understand it in a different way, at some point we will have to take steps in this direction".

"The seized objects have not been returned. It particularly concerns the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats the unlawful seizure of Russia's property despite its diplomatic immunity", the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman noted.

Zakharova also has said that Russian Federation is considering expelling a number of these employees, and significantly reducing the number of US officials working in Moscow. "One of our options, apart from a tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans, would be to even out the numbers".

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