Too many United States spies in Moscow: Russia

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Too many United States spies in Moscow: Russia

Zakharova complained yesterday that U.S. officials were not issuing visas to Russian diplomats to allow Moscow to replace the expelled employees and get its embassy back up to full strength.

The White House is considering the possibility of returning Russian diplomatic property in the United States to Russia to give a chance to cooperation between Moscow and Washington, Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to US President Donald Trump said Thursday.

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

"If there is no progress, we will have to take retaliatory measures", she added.

Russia said yesterday that too many American spies operated in Moscow under diplomatic cover and said it might expel some of them to retaliate against the United States over Washington's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats previous year.

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"Accordingly, one of the possible options is, besides the purely symmetrical expulsion of the Americans, to simply equalize the staff", she said.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian state-sponsored hackers and propagandists interfered in last year's White House race by targeting Mr. Trump's former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

NAN reports that in December 2016, former U.S. President Barack Obama's administration approved a sanctions package against Russian Federation due to its alleged interference in the U.S. elections.

"At the same time, we have pointed out repeatedly that the situation both with diplomats and the property continues to be unacceptable".

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the two compounds at the Group of 20 summit last week, but were unable to reach a final agreement.

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