US Putting Conditions on Return of Diplomatic Property is Unacceptable


The Kremlin announced Monday that any conditions attached to the return of two seized Russian compounds in the United States - part of an ongoing diplomatic feud - were unacceptable.

A senior White House official told Sputnik on Monday that the properties, seized in December 2016 over Russia's alleged interference in the United States election, would be given back only under the condition that it receives something in return from Moscow.

The Kremlin expects Washington to show political wisdom in the issue of returning Russia's diplomatic property, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. This last happened in the afternoon at the State department without the slightest comment.

"We still hope that our American colleagues will demonstrate a certain political wisdom and political will", he remarked during a conference call.

President Vladimir Putin raised the issue with Donald Trump when they met for the first time at the G20 summit in Hamburg this month.

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The meeting comes as political Washington was rocked by daily revelations about a June meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked lawyer where dirt on rival Hillary Clinton was promised in advance.

Mr Lavrov added that this disagreement and "anti-Russian" sentiment among Americans may mean the countries will not agree on key, global issues.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong shake hands during a signing ceremony in Moscow on October 1, 2014.

The confiscation of Russian government-owned mansions in Maryland and on Long Island in NY, regarded by Russia as a retreat for diplomats but actually containing intelligence-gathering equipment, were among sanctions imposed on Russia in 2016. Also on Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik that Moscow had prepared a "tough" response to the United States' move, among other options.

The State Department wants a deal that could include restarting USA adoptions of Russian children.