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Russia Could File Financial Claim Over US Expropriation of Diplomatic Compounds

Russia Could File Financial Claim Over US Expropriation of Diplomatic Compounds

The Trump administration could give back two Russian diplomatic compounds - one on Long Island and another in coastal Maryland - that were seized late previous year during a wave of sanctions against the country, according to a report.

Obama said the measures were taken in response to Moscow's alleged interference in the United States presidential elections.

Senior Tillerson adviser R.C. Hammond said "the USA and Russian Federation have reached no agreements", and the next senior- level meeting between the two governments will be in June in St. Petersburg, the Post reported.

Since the Trump administration took office, there have been some negotiations on other conditions to return the compounds to the Russians, including Russia committing to stop the harassment of American intelligence officials in Moscow.

On December 29, former US president Barack Obama said that the compounds were being used by the Russians for "intelligence-related purposes" and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate the estate.

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 USA issued over Ukraine. Besides that, USA authorities expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian compounds in NY and Maryland. The Post reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told top Russian diplomats last month that the return of the compounds no longer hinged on completing the consulate.




The Washington Post reported that Trump officials are specifically looking at whether to grant diplomatic immunity for the compounds - if they're returned.

Federal officials forced Russian diplomats out of the two facilities on December 29. "The next meeting will be in June in St. Petersburg".

"I think it's quite scandalous that they chose to throw out our kids", said Churkin, who died in February.

"The dialogue between Russian Federation and the U.S.is now free from the ideology that characterized it under the Barack Obama administration".

It was later revealed that future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussed potentially lifting the sanctions with Kislyak during the transition.


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