Moscow Outraged Over US Not Resolving Russian Diplomatic Property Issue - Lavrov
Moscow considers it outrageous that the United States has not yet resolved the situation with Russian diplomatic property in the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
In December 2016, the administration of former US President Barack Obama imposed a set of punitive measures against Russia, including the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closure of the two Russian diplomatic compounds. The actions were taken in response to Moscow's alleged interference in the US presidential election, which Russia has repeatedly denied.
Back in December, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to respond to sanctions imposed by the outgoing US administration and act in accordance with the ties built with the new US leadership.
"The situation is outrageous, I believe that this is just shameful to leave the situation in such a limbo for such a great country as the United States, a champion of international law," Lavrov told reporters.
The Russian foreign minister also said that Moscow is working out its response to US actions concerning Russian diplomatic property, but doesn't consider it necessary to comment on them publicly.
Earlier, Lavrov said summing up the results of a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in Germany's Hamburg that Moscow will pursue justice in the issue of the Russian diplomatic property in the US.
The Donald Trump administration is reportedly currently considering the return of the two facilities. According to a source, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov will meet with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon next week to discuss the issue of Russian diplomatic property in the United States.