Moscow losing patience over seized Russian properties in US

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According to Sputnik News Agency, Maria Zakharova said that Moscow is ready to expel United States diplomats in response to Washington's failure to return its diplomatic property in NY and Maryland.

The estates were closed by the Obama administration last December as part of United States retaliation against Russian Federation for its meddling in the 2016 election.

Among other things, they included shutting down two compounds, one in Maryland and one in NY, "used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes", and declaring 35 Russian "intelligence operatives" persona non grata.

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the State Council in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Russia's Foreign Ministry experienced "large-scale" cyber-attacks originating in Iran and Hungary last month, according to spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Russia was considering reprisals, but kept the details secret. "(But) if it's the only way to make our American partners understand we will have to act".

The US administration is now studying a question of the return of Russian diplomatic property, which was seized within the framework of sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation, deputy assistant of US President, Sebastian Gorka, said.

Zakharova thus stated that the previous United States administration had left a lot of unsolved issues and headaches for the new chief executive's team. "It particularly concerns the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats the unlawful seizure of Russia's property despite its diplomatic immunity", the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman noted.

"The seized objects have not been returned".

"We consider the use of children as human shields by radical opposition members to be barbarous and unacceptable", the diplomat added. "One of the easy options", she said, would be to demand a reduction in the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which she said far exceeds the number of Russians in Washington. "Since the seizure of these compounds, we are unaware of any evidence or assessment that the treatment of USA personnel in the Russian Federation has markedly improved".

Sebastian Gorka, a senior White House adviser to President Donald Trump, told CNN on Friday that it was time for the U.S. -Russia relationship to "move on".

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