President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to return two diplomatic compounds to Russian Federation after they were taken away by President Barack Obama as punishment for the country interfering in the 2016 presidential election. -Russian cooperation on such matters as ending Syria's civil war.
According to the Washington Post, the Trump Administration told Russian Federation that it is considering to hand over the properties back to them if Moscow lifts its freeze on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD), imposed in 2014 in response to USA sanctions in relation to Ukraine.
The White House is now exploring turning the estates - one of which is in Oyster Bay - back over to Moscow, the Washington Post reported.
Their return has been atop Moscow's wish list since Trump entered office. "The administrations that have replaced each other in power in Washington have never questioned this status", he said.
However, Russia said the facilities were being used for rest and recreation for embassy and United Nations employees and to hold official events.
Just four days after Shannon and Ryabkov's May 8 meeting, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said: "We are patient, but this patience is not unlimited".
And on Wednesday, the embassy tweeted that "Property rights in (America) are affirmed by legal documents issued in USA".
"This issue is slowly shifting to the field of compensation for the damage", Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Thursday.
Russian Federation didn't retaliate against the US sanctions over the election hack.
The U.S. request "remains on the table", Hammond said. "Before we get official information from the U.S. Administration or its representatives, we don't perceive the issue as a reason for whatever actions on our part".
One anonymous official who spoke to NBC News explained that the decision to return the compound would most likely be motivated by a desire to send a goodwill gesture to the Putin regime, although this individual added that doing so would still be a "really bad idea". And while that scandal unfolds, it appears the Russian government is attempting to expand its ability to strike at the U.S.
Russia's demands include easing America's various Ukraine-related sanctions and surveillance of its diplomats in the United States.