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Russian Federation is threatening to expel dozens of USA diplomats

12 July 2017, 12:31 | Colleen Roy

Russia readying expulsion of 30 US diplomats over diplomatic property seizure

Lavrov Moscow mulls retaliatory steps in diplomatic row with US

Russian Foreign minster Sergery Lavrov told a state TV station that the Kremlin is still outraged that Washington hasn't given back the diplomatic estates, which Obama ordered taken as punishment for Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"If the compromise is not found there, we will have to take such measures", a Russian Foreign Ministry official told Russian newspaper Izvestiya, according to The Atlantic correspondent Krishnadev Calamur.

The U.S. authorities seized two Russian diplomatic compounds, one in Maryland and another on Long Island, at the same time.

Russia is "outraged" that the United States has not yet resolved issues following the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in December.

The measures were a response to alleged Russian meddling in the United States election. That could complicate what Mr Trump says he wants to achieve: better relations with Russian Federation.

The sources speaking to Izvestia said patience had run out after Mr Putin failed to find agreement on the issue during his meeting with Mr Trump last week. Russia has called on its partners to check the maps of military facilities and forces in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after an informal ministerial meeting of the European security agency OSCE on Tuesday.

The move provoked an angry reaction in Moscow, which believes the diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland had diplomatic immunity and were thus confiscated in violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Last year, the newspaper reported that Russia was considering freezing the US Embassy house in northwestern Moscow as well as a warehouse also located in the Russian capital.

According to the newspaper, while the administration plans to seize the American summer house in a forest region outside of Moscow and a warehouse in the center of the city, it will not touch the residence of the American ambassador and the American global school in St. Petersburg.

The source said the measures will take effect if the issue is not resolved at a meeting between Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy foreign minister, and Thomas Shannon, a USA under secretary of state, in St Petersburg next week.

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