Monday, 17 July 2017

Russia demands immediate return of diplomatic property from US



Russia is demanding the immediate return of diplomatic properties seized by the Obama administration after claims Moscow hacked the US election.
 
The Kremlin has accused the United States of setting conditions on the return of the compounds in New York and Maryland.


Former president Barack Obama ordered their seizure in December as well as the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.


Russia has vehemently denied any involvement in election hacking.


Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet US undersecretary of state Thomas Shannon to try to thrash out a solution on Monday.


His boss, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, was also reported as saying on a visit to Belarus that "anti-Russian feeling" in the United States meant it was not certain that Moscow and Washington could agree on key global issues.


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "We consider it absolutely unacceptable to place conditions on the return of diplomatic property, we consider that it must be returned without any conditions and talking."


President Vladimir Putin raised the issue with Donald Trump when they met for the first time at the G20 summit in Hamburg this month.




SKY    News.