Rus­sians va­cate US premises

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

RUS­SIANS left two coun­try hol­i­day re­treats out­side Wash­ing­ton DC and New York City with­out fan­fare yes­ter­day, or­dered out by US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who claims the premises are linked to spy­ing.

The Rus­sians were given un­til noon yes­ter­day to va­cate the com­pounds in Cen­tre­ville, Mary­land, and in Up­per Brookville on Long Is­land in New York State.

By early af­ter­noon, trucks, buses and black sedans with diplo­matic plates had left.

In Mary­land, about a dozen ve­hi­cles left the sprawl­ing wa­ter­front es­tate, watched by of­fi­cials from the US State De­part­ment.

Some pas­sen­gers smiled and waved as they left the com­pound, which is lo­cated in a wooded farm area with wind­ing nar­row roads.

Mr Obama or­dered the clo­sures, say­ing the com­pounds had been “used by Rus­sian per­son­nel for in­tel­li­gence-re­lated purposes”.

It was part of his re­sponse, in­clud­ing the ex­pul­sion of 35 sus­pected Rus­sian spies, to what US of­fi­cials have called cy­ber in­ter­fer­ence by Moscow in the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign. The Krem­lin has de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions.

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