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Trump set terms to give Russian Federation its diplomatic properties back

Trump set terms to give Russian Federation its diplomatic properties back

In December, former US President Barack Obama ordered the removal of 35 Russians suspected of being spies after American intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The top issue on the table for Russian Federation are those diplomatic compounds, or "dachas", in Maryland and NY.

The Obama administration shuttered the two Russian luxury estates - on in Long Island, N.Y. and the other in Centreville, Md. - in retaliation for the country's interference in the USA presidential elections.

Russian Federation has vehemently denied any involvement in election hacking.

Mr Lavrov added that this disagreement and "anti-Russian" sentiment among Americans may mean the countries will not agree on key, global issues.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet with U.S. Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon in Washington Monday -- the highest level meeting since the two countries' presidents, Trump and Putin, met at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7.

Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin, blamed by the USA intelligence community for personally ordering the US election interference, "quite unambiguously" raised the issue of the closure of the compounds when he met with Trump at the recent G-20 summit in Germany.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov said he hopes "political wisdom" will prevail.

"We have repeatedly said that we think any conditions are unacceptable".

He said Moscow was using the compounds for "intelligence-related purposes".

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

The Trump administration has tied returning the compounds to Russian Federation if Moscow shows "acts of good faith" in Syria.

The White House has faced a maelstrom of U.S. investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Mr Lavrov said last week: "If Washington decides not to solve this issue, we will have to take counter actions". But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned last month that the Kremlin could retaliate if the compounds were not returned.