Russian deputy foreign minister says Trump administration should return diplomatic property ‘unconditionally’
In an interview with the newspaper Kommersant, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov called on the United States to return the diplomatic property seized by the Obama administration last December, arguing that Washington should do so without imposing any special conditions or trying to link the issue to other negotiations.
Ryabkov also denied media reports that Russia might respond to the return of its diplomatic property in the U.S. by allocating real estate in St. Petersburg for the construction of a new American consulate.
“We’re talking about our property, and they should return it unconditionally, unreservedly, and without any additional demands,” Ryabkov insisted.
In late December, the outgoing Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Washington deported 35 Russian diplomatic staff in D.C. and San Francisco, and seized two Russian diplomatic facilities in new York and Maryland. Moscow did not retaliate.