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

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

The two superpowers are now clashing after the United States seized Russian diplomatic property in NY and Maryland.

Mr Obama said he was ordering the ban due to U.S. intelligence reports of Russian hacking and an alleged influence campaign to sway the USA presidential election in Mr Trump's favour.

Last December, then-President Barack Obama imposed a range of sanctions against the Russian government for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including the closure of two Russian compounds located in New York State and Maryland.

Moscow has said any attempts by Washington to hold onto the property goes against global law and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it amounted to "daylight robbery".

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, is due to meet US Undersecretary of State, Thomas Shannon, today to discuss the matter.

Lavrov, in a visit to Belarus, said that "anti-Russian feeling" in the USA makes it uncertain whether Moscow and Washington can agree to cooperate on world issues.

The Kremlin spokesman said Russia still has hope that "our American colleagues will show political wisdom and political will" and return the properties to Russian use.

Russian officials have repeatedly called for the unconditional restoration of access to the diplomatic compounds, saying Moscow's patience is running out.

Relations were further damaged by Moscow's alleged interference in the USA election.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised many in both countries by declining to retaliate - a gesture to then-President-elect Donald Trump, who had repeatedly indicated during the campaign that he would seek to improve ties with Moscow.

The White House has faced a maelstrom of U.S. investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned last month that the Kremlin could retaliate if the compounds were not returned.

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