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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov slammed the U.S. for refusing to return diplomatic properties seized after Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, calling it "daylight robbery", according to a report on Monday.

Apparently alluding to Trump, Mr Peskov said he hoped the USA would be able to show some "political wisdom".

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Friday indicated that if the us does not return the two seized Russian compounds, Moscow would "have to take reciprocal measures" - namely expelling dozens of USA diplomats and shutting down USA compounds in Russia.

Peskov said any preconditions for the U.S.to return the compounds would be "unacceptable" for Russian Federation, according to TASS.

The Kremlin continues to believe that Russia's diplomatic property in the USA must be returned without any preconditions.

U.S. Undersecretary Tom Shannon met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov at the State Department on Monday, part of a series of meetings on how to resolve the situation.

Mr Obama said he was ordering the ban due to United States intelligence reports of Russian hacking and an alleged influence campaign to sway the U.S. presidential election in Mr Trump's favour. 'Contacts are happening between the foreign policy departments.

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.

President Trump has continued to cast doubt on Russian interference in the election, saying he wants to build closer ties with Russia. "The Kremlin, as it is, does not really participate but as you know this issue was raised by President [Vladimir] Putin during his G20 meeting with President Trump in a quite straightforward manner".

The Russian government has threatened to retaliate against the United States for the seizure and expulsion of Russian diplomats from the USA and two of its properties were shuttered.

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

"We still hope that our U.S. colleagues will show some kind of political wisdom and political will", Peskov told reporters.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that Moscow "will have to take reciprocal measures" if the issue is not resolved.


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