Russian international minister Sergei Lavrov slammed the u.s. for refusing to return diplomatic houses seized after Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, calling it “sunlight robbery,” in keeping with a file on Monday.
He additionally said the “anti-Russian feeling” within the United States is making it tougher for the two nations to agree on key global problems, Reuters pronounced.
Former President Obama in December ordered the seizure of 2 Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York and expelled 35 diplomats over Moscow’s meddling within the election.
Russia has denied any interference.
Later Monday, Russian Deputy International Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet in Washington, DC, with Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon over the diplomatic impasse among the two countries.
Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov mentioned he hopes “political knowledge” will be triumphant.
“We proceed to pray that political wisdom and political will will likely be proven by our American opposite numbers [in the factor of returning the Russian diplomatic belongings,” Peskov stated on Monday, Tass information agency suggested.
The Trump administration has tied returning the compounds to Russia if Moscow shows “acts of good religion” in Syria.