Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Too many USA spies in Moscow: Russia

Too many USA spies in Moscow: Russia

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday that Moscow "will have to take reciprocal measures" if an agreement regarding the compounds can't be reached.

Russia is hoping that Shannon will have "detailed suggestions on how to resolve the situation" with the Russian property in the US, Zakharova said.

She said that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Under-Secretary of State Thomas Shannon are expected to discuss this issue at a meeting in Washington. "Washington has not only failed to cancel the decision on the expulsion of our diplomats, but it also refuses to issue visas to those who are scheduled to replace the expelled personnel".

The two compounds located in Maryland and NY were seized by the Obama administration past year to punish Russian Federation for meddling in the USA elections.

The outgoing Obama administration expelled 35 suspected Russian spies late past year and seized two diplomatic compounds over what it said was the hacking of US political groups during the 2016 presidential election.

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Zakharova did not specify the number of U.S. diplomats facing expulsion, but said that the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was much more than Russian Embassy workers in Washington. "One of our options, apart from a tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans, would be to even out the numbers".

"At the same time, we have pointed out repeatedly that the situation both with diplomats and the property continues to be unacceptable".

Following the order, Russian President Vladamir Putin said he would not retaliate, leading then President-elect Donald Trump to praise the Russian leader in a tweet.

Mr. Putin has not finalized any retaliatory measures as of Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Reuters.

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