Russians Might Get US Diplomatic Compounds Back — WaPost

Posted June 02, 2017

The Russian compound in Oyster Bay, Long Island, was vacated in late December.

The Trump administration is considering allowing Russian officials to return to two diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland after the Obama administration ejected the Russians from the compounds as part of US sanctions after Russia meddled in the 2016 election, according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday evening.

Obama said the measures were taken in response to Moscow's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential elections.

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The FBI and at four congressional committees are probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race, including potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

The Trump administration has yet to finalize any plans to let Russian Federation use the compounds again. The initial plan involved the lift of a freeze against the U.S.in 2014 that halted the construction of a new USA consulate in St. Petersburg - retaliation for sanctions during the conflict in Ukraine.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a meeting in Washington that the compounds may soon be handed back without needing an agreement on the consulate, according to "several people with knowledge of the exchanges". "Before making a final decision on allowing the Russians to reoccupy the compounds, the administration is examining possible restrictions on Russian activities there, including removing the diplomatic immunity the properties previously enjoyed", the report said. "Washington Post is among them", Ryabkov said.

Another facility, in Centreville, Md., was also emptied as part of the sanctions.

. Russian officials called the allegations absurd.

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Maryland U.S. Sen. Chris van Hollen strongly condemned the move, saying in a statement, "The United States expelled Russian spies from these properties because of Russia's interference in our elections".

"[Former] President Obama closed those two compounds because of Russia's attacks on our democracy", he said in a statement.

"I think it's quite scandalous that they chose to throw out our kids", said Churkin, who died in February.

Russian Federation didn't retaliate against the US sanctions over the election hack.

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