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"In Washington, the USA side said that in the near future it will hand over proposals to us on how to settle the situation", she said, the state-owned TASS newswire reported.
The FBI and at four congressional committees are probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race, including potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.
Its officials were thrown out of the compounds in December by the erstwhile Obama administration for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
R.C. Hammond, a senior adviser to Tillerson, told the Post that no agreements had been reached.
Chairman Tom Perez blasted the Trump administration's reported plans to reinstall two Russian government compounds that the Obama administration had shuttered.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the White House initially proposed an exchange in early April: The United States would potentially give Russian Federation back its compounds - one near New York City and one in Maryland - if Russian Federation would allow the U.S.to resume construction of its St. Petersburg consulate, halted in response to 2014 sanctions the US issued over Ukraine.
A former adviser to Obama told The Post that they had "no intention" of returning the compounds to Russian Federation.
The Washington Post reported that Trump officials are specifically looking at whether to grant diplomatic immunity for the compounds - if they're returned.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a meeting in Washington, the United States had dropped any linkage between the compounds and the consulate, the Post reported. "So maybe they mind their manners?" said Patricia Gerhardt, a resident.
"These weren't just diplomatic facilities and recreation areas".
"[Former] President Obama closed those two compounds because of Russia's attacks on our democracy", he said in a statement.
President Obama ordered Russian to abandon the compounds on December 29, the same day his administration announced the expulsion of almost three dozen alleged "intelligence operatives" amid lingering concerns involving Moscow's role in last year's White House race.
On May 22, the Russian embassy in the US tweeted out a warning that their government would take aggressive action if their compounds were not restored. "They know full well that those two facilities they mentioned, they are vacation facilities for our kids and this is Christmas, and this is vacation time for our schools".
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