USA sets terms and conditions on giving back Russian Federation its diplomatic compounds

U.S President Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin

U.S President Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin

The news comes in the wake of the meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon.

He also said the "anti-Russian feeling" in the United States is making it more hard for the two countries to agree on key global issues, Reuters reported.

The meeting between the officials was initially scheduled for June 23, but was subsequently postponed by Moscow due to the "lack of United States readiness for the comprehensive discussion".

Sputnik, a senior officer from the white house confirmed that United State President Donald Trump's administration is moving toward to give back Russia's diplomatic properties, only under the condition that it will receive something in return from Moscow. On Tuesday, Ryabkov told Sputnik that Russian Federation prepared a "tough" response to the United States' move, among other options.

Barack Obama, then US president, ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in December over what he said was their involvement in hacking the 2016 USA presidential election campaign, something Russia flatly denies.

On a separate issue, RIA cited Lavrov as saying that Russian Federation and the United States would do all they could to address Israeli concerns about the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper citing Netanyahu wrote on Sunday that Israel strongly opposed a plan of Moscow and Washington for establishing ceasefire in southern Syria as this would allow Iran to expand its presence in the region.

The public objection was rare for Netanyahu, who has sought to avoid confrontation with Moscow and Washington over Syria.

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