Russian Federation to decide next week on retaliation against United States over compound seizures

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Zakharova described Mr. Obama's moves as a "provocation" aimed at derailing Mr. Trump's attempts to improve bilateral relations.

Russia is hoping that Shannon will have "detailed suggestions on how to resolve the situation" with the Russian property in the US, Zakharova said. "Half a year has passed, and we don't see any concrete steps".

The United States refused to issue visas to Russian diplomats slated to replace embassy staff expelled in December, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday.

Ms. Zakharova said Russian Federation hoped to hear "concrete proposals" on how to untangle the situation at a meeting on Monday between Sergei A. Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister of Russian Federation, and Thomas A. Shannon, the under secretary of state of the United States.

"Washington not only did not rescind the decision to expel our employees, but also refuses to issue visas to those who must travel as replacements", Zakharova said at a weekly briefing.

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On the next day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to expel 31 US diplomats and seize a USA dacha in Moscow's luxury villa compound of Serebryany Bor and a US warehouse in the south of the Russian capital.

One possible retaliatory measure would be to reduce staff levels at the USA embassy in Moscow to those of the Russian embassy in Washington, she said. "Moreover, there are too many C.I.A. operatives living under the roof of the American diplomatic mission".

Any U.S. preconditions for the return of its diplomatic property seized by the United States ran contrary to worldwide law, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Mr. Putin has not finalized any retaliatory measures as of Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Reuters. "Therefore, certainly, in this case the Russian side's patience is getting seriously tested", he said.

"The seized compounds have not been returned yet", Ms. Zakharova said, as translated by TASS, a state-owned newswire.

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