Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov slammed the US for refusing to return diplomatic properties seized after Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, calling it “daylight robbery,” according to a report on Monday.
He also said the “anti-Russian feeling” in the United States is making it more difficult for the two countries to agree on key global issues, Reuters reported.
Former President Obama in December ordered the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and Long Island and expelled 35 diplomats over Moscow’s meddling in the election.
Russia has denied any interference.
Later Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet in Washington, DC, with Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon over the diplomatic impasse between the two countries.
Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov said he hopes “political wisdom” will prevail.
“We continue to hope that political wisdom and political will will be shown by our American counterparts [in the issue of returning the Russian diplomatic property,” Peskov said on Monday, Tass news agency reported.
The Trump administration has tied returning the compounds to Russia if Moscow shows “acts of good faith” in Syria.