MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. The Kremlin hopes on the political wisdom of Washington in the question of the return of diplomatic property of the Russian Federation. This was stated to journalists the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov
“We continue to hope that political wisdom and political will shown by our American colleagues [in the issue of the return of departmenet of the Russian Federation],” said Sands.
He did not comment on the possible reaction of the Kremlin on the results of today’s Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov and US under Secretary of state Thomas Shannon in this part. “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Indeed, the situation is quite sensitive, it is difficult, frankly, – said the representative of the Kremlin. – Therefore, any unnecessary words can only do harm”.
The Kremlin still believes that diplomatic property of the Russian Federation in the United States should be returned without any conditions. “We consider absolutely unacceptable any conditioning of the return of departmenet, – said Peskov. – We believe that it should be returned without any conditions, without any conversations, because the fact that de facto and de jure happens, is absolutely in violation of international law”.
Earlier, the Deputy assistant of the us President Sebastian Gorka told the media that the administration of U.S. President Donald trump is exploring the question of removal of arrest from departmenti Russia in the United States and could take this step if Moscow will show honesty of intentions on Syria.
At the end of December 2016, the US administration, then headed by Barack Obama, has imposed sanctions against Russia, declaring persona non grata 35 employees of the Embassy in Washington and Consulate General in San Francisco, as well as with two Russian diplomatic villas in the States of new York and Maryland. Access to the Russian staff of these complexes were banned. The response of the Russian Federation has still not adopted.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that “if it does not move”, Russia is ready to significantly reduce the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, and to seize the American Embassy dacha and warehouse as a reflex action to the actions of the American side.