Russia threatens to expel U.S. diplomats
MOSCOW — Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that it would have to expel U.S. diplomats and shut down some U.S. compounds in Russia if the United States does not reopen two Russian recreational estates in the U.S. that were shut down last year.
In response to reports of Russian meddling in the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration last year expelled 35 Russian officials from the U.S. and shut down two Russian estates that it said were being used for spy operations.
New President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, last week discussed the two diplomatic compounds but did not reach an agreement.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said Friday that Moscow “will have to take reciprocal measures” if the issue is not resolved.