White House considering return of seized Russian compounds
02:10, Jun 2, 2017
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Moscow did not receive any official information from Washington on the return of Russian diplomatic properties in the U.S., Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.
But it comes at an awkward time, however, as Congress and the FBI investigate whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the election in the President's favor.
"The dialogue between Russian Federation and the U.S.is now free from the ideology that characterized it under the Barack Obama administration". This construction was suspended after America imposed sanctions on Russian Federation in 2014 for its invasion of Ukraine.
Just as the investigation into Donald Trump's possible collusion with the Russian government heats up, he is reportedly taking the shockingly brazen step of beginning to dismantle sanctions against Russia.
Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told the Sputnik news agency that Russian Federation had the right to take back the St. Petersburg property "if these steps are not somehow adjusted by the us side".
A senior USA official who deals with foreign policy told NBC News that he hadn't heard about the purported initiative to restore Russia's rights at the two compounds, but he said the Trump administration is intent on improving relations despite investigations into alleged Russian interference. However, shortly after, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that they had "dropped any linkage" between the compounds and the consulate, according to the Post. "So maybe they mind their manners?" said Patricia Gerhardt, a resident.
Indeed, the compounds are now vacant because President Barack Obama's administration believed they were "used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes" in the election, as President Obama explained in a statement issued December 29 when he closed the buildings on 24 hours' notice. The former president also ejected 35 Russian intelligence operatives from America amid findings by the US intelligence community that Moscow sough to tilt last year's election in Trump's favor.
Russian Federation didn't retaliate against the USA sanctions over the election hack.
Getting the compounds back could mean that Kislyak is set to become the UN's undersecretary general for counterterrorism, according to the Washington Post.
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