He urged to “not get ahead of ourselves” when asked what to expect from Monday’s talks between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon in Washington.
Bilateral ties worsened after the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US and the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in late December by then-President Barack Obama for Moscow’s alleged role in hacking elections to favor the campaign of Donald Trump.
Moscow on Sunday urged the return of compounds in the US seized by the Obama administration in retaliation for alleged Kremlin interference in the USA presidential election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised many in both countries by declining to retaliate – a gesture to then-President-elect Donald Trump, who had repeatedly indicated during the campaign that he would seek to improve ties with Moscow.
The White House has faced a maelstrom of U.S. investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
He said Moscow was using the compounds for “intelligence-related purposes”.
After Russia was seized in 2016 USA presidential elections over Moscow’s alleged interference by the former President Obama.The Obama administration announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the United States presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians.
Peskov said that any US preconditions for the return of the property would be unacceptable for Moscow, and that Washington’s actions contradicted global law.
He declined to discuss what steps Russian Federation would take if the meeting between Ryabkov and Shannon failed to resolve the row.
Russian Federation has vehemently denied any involvement in election hacking.
On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow would take retaliatory measures against Washington if the situation with Russia’s diplomatic property in the United States was not resolved.