Russia claims it has right to retaliate against America over diplomatic compound spat

Russia claims it has right to retaliate against America over diplomatic compound argument

Thomas Shannon (pictured) met with Sergey Ryabkov

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Russia has said it has the right to retaliate if Washington does not resolve issues over two Russian diplomatic compounds in America.

Russia's foreign ministry made the comment today (July 18) and added that other concerns must also be addressed by Washington, CNN reported.

The compounds were closed by Barack Obama last year as a sanction in response to Russia's alleged interference in the Presidential election.

The issue was discussed by the deputy foreign minister of Russia, Sergey Ryabkov, and US under secretary of state for political affairs Thomas Shannon yesterday (July 17).

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that during this meeting the pair tried to resolve the ongoing deadlock surrounding the compounds and Ryabkov reiterated that Russia is ready to continue regular conversations about them, as talks were previously suspended by Obama's administration.

Russia's statement ended by saying: "It is now up to Washington to take the relevant steps."

Seizure of the compounds in Maryland and New York has previously been described by Russia as a violation of international law.

Last month Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said: "It is best to immediately return our property, otherwise Russia has the right to come up [with a] tit-for-tat response in relation to American property in Russia. 

"I want to confirm that the retaliatory measures are in the works."