Peskov: we hope for USA political wisdom in Russian diplomatic property spat

Russia expects 'political wisdom' from US over diplomatic spat

Russia expects 'political wisdom' from US over diplomatic spat

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the US closure of the properties in the eastern states of NY and Maryland "daylight robbery".

"We consider it absolutely unacceptable to place conditions on the return of diplomatic property".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov is expected to meet with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon in Washington later Monday to discuss the diplomatic compounds.

Moscow expects the United States to exhibit political wisdom and will in resolving the dispute over the seized Russian diplomatic property in NY and Maryland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

He also said that "anti-Russian feeling" in the United States meant it was not certain that Moscow and Washington could agree on key global issues.

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Bilateral ties worsened after the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the USA and the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in late December by then-President Barack Obama for Moscow's alleged role in hacking elections to favor the campaign of Donald Trump.

Peskov did not comment on a meeting later on Monday in the USA between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and State Department Undersecretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, who will discuss the matter.

U.S. intelligence services believe Russian Federation ordered cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton's campaign and other political organizations, in an attempt to influence the election in favor of the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.

Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised many in both countries by declining to retaliate - a gesture to then-President-elect Donald Trump, who had repeatedly indicated during the campaign that he would seek to improve ties with Moscow.

FBI is investigating contacts between his campaign and Russia, Trump is moving toward returning the compounds. But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned last month that the Kremlin could retaliate if the compounds were not returned.

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