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Russian Federation vows to boot USA diplomats if compounds aren't reopened

16 July 2017

The Russian government has threatened to retaliate against the United States months after dozens of Russian officials were expelled from the U.S. and two of its properties were shuttered.

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

Russia's Foreign Ministry has raised once again the issue about the Russian diplomatic compounds seized by the U.S. government over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 elections.

The estates were closed by the Obama administration last December as part of USA retaliation against Russian Federation for its meddling in the 2016 election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to immediately retaliate over the expulsions and property seizure, saying he would wait to see what the Trump administration would do.

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Spokeswoman Zakharova has stated that there are "too many" CIA and U.S. military intelligence operatives posing as diplomats in the American Embassy in Moscow.

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Trump's positive comments about Russian leader Putin both before and after he assumed office as President of the United States have caused additional concerns.

The warning is partially a response in retaliation to the United States' expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in Washington previous year, who were kicked out at the same time two Russian diplomatic compounds were seized by the Obama administration.

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"The seized objects have not been returned".

Also on Wednesday, the Russian Federation Council (upper house of the parliament) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko warned that Russia will "respond appropriately" to the US seizure of its properties if diplomatic efforts fail.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also denounced the notion of returning the compounds last week.

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"Washington not only did not rescind the decision to expel our employees, but also refuses to issue visas to those who must travel as replacements", Zakharova said at a weekly briefing. "One of the easy options", she said, would be to demand a reduction in the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which she said far exceeds the number of Russians in Washington.

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Russian Federation vows to boot USA diplomats if compounds aren't reopened