Obama or­dered seizure of com­pounds and ex­pul­sion of 35 diplo­mats last year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

MOSCOW — Russia’s For­eign Min­istry said on Tues­day Moscow re­served the right to take re­tal­ia­tory mea­sures against the United States af­ter a meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton ended without a deal on re­turn­ing seized Rus­sian diplo­matic prop­erty.

Barack Obama, then US pres­i­dent, or­dered the seizure of two Rus­sian diplo­matic com­pounds and the ex­pul­sion of 35 Rus­sian diplo­mats in De­cem­ber over what he said was their in­volve­ment in hack­ing US pres­i­den­tial elec- tion cam­paign last year, some­thing Russia flatly de­nies.

Moscow has said a lot would de­pend on the out­come of a meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton on Mon­day be­tween Rus­sian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Ryabkov and US Un­der­sec­re­tary of State Thomas Shan­non who dis­cussed the diplo­matic row.

But the For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment on Tues­day a res­o­lu­tion to the prob­lem had not yet been found.

“The Rus­sian side stressed (in the meet­ing) that if Wash-

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