Too many' spies operating at U.S. embassy in Moscow : Russia

Kremlin spokesman Peskov attends a meeting of Russian President Putin with CEO of Royal Dutch Shell van Beurden in Moscow

She spoke about the possible expulsion of USA diplomats from Russia in response to Washington's seizure of the Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland six months ago.

A White House official on Thursday said the administration had to "move on" from Russia's 2016 election interference, allowing for the possibility that the United States could return two compounds on U.S. soil to the Russian government.

Flynn was forced to resign as National Security Advisor after just 24 days in the job, when it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation and American Intelligence intercepted a phone call by Russian officials who claimed they could use Flynn to influence Trump.

"There are too many employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon's espionage unit working under the roof of the American diplomatic mission whose activity does not correspond at all with their status", Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova said on Friday according to TASS.

The Washington Post later reported that the Obama administration struggled to find ways to retaliate against Moscow after the USA discovered that Putin was directly involved in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the United States presidential race over two years ago.

The website earlier suggested that there is an impression that a certain unofficial agreement on the issue has already been reached between Washington and Moscow which will allow the United States to maintain the status quo, while Moscow will at last answer with responsive measures by expelling American diplomats and arresting U.S. diplomatic property in Russian Federation.

On May 9, 2017, Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey to diminish ongoing suspicions of his presidency because of "this Russian Federation thing" but a week later, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the investigation.

The warning was in response to comments made on CNN by Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, that linked the compounds' return to Russia's adherence to a recent U.S-Russian cease-fire deal in southwest Syria.

"The seized objects have not been returned. This totally contradicts global law", Reuters cited Peskov as saying.

Moscow:Russia says the USA is sheltering "too many" spies at its embassy in Moscow, warning that it may expel some American diplomats amid a deepening diplomatic row between the two counries.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that Moscow "will have to take reciprocal measures" if the issue is not resolved.

The Washington Post first reported the administration was considering giving the compounds back in May, saying the White House considered giving back the compounds in exchange for permission to start construction back up at the US consulate in St. Petersburg.

A 45-acre Russian diplomatic compound, seized by the United States in December 2016 in connection with suspected Russian hacking activities sits abandoned on the banks of the Corsica River near Centreville, Maryland USA, 10 July 2017.



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