Russia Threatens Expulsions, Says Too Many US Spies in Moscow

Michele Moreno
July 16, 2017

If the United States returns Russian compounds in NY and Maryland closed as punishment for covert election meddling, the retreat would be viewed as a sign of further Trump's weakness but Moscow warned that it may take retaliatory measures unless Washington does something to break the stalemate.

Spokeswoman Zakharova has stated that there are "too many" CIA and United States military intelligence operatives posing as diplomats in the American Embassy in Moscow.

In December 2016, former President Barack Obama ordered 35 Russian officials to leave the United States and shut down two Russian owned estates that the American security establishment believed were used as a spy base for the Kremlin.

Russia said Friday it is "ready to take reciprocal measures" if the United States does not return property in America seized in December as part of the Obama administration's response to Russian meddling in the us election and harassment of American diplomats in Moscow. "Washington has not only failed to cancel the decision on the expulsion of our diplomats, but it also refuses to issue visas to those who are scheduled to replace the expelled personnel", she said.

Russia said on Friday that too many American spies operated in Moscow under diplomatic cover and said it might expel some of them to retaliate against the United States over Washington's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats a year ago.

"We expect that now, after the summit in Hamburg on July 7, the United States side will show a more constructive approach", Zakharova surmised.

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to retaliate immediately, saying he would wait to see what the new administration of Donald Trump would do. "The number of staff at the US embassy in Moscow exceeds the number of our embassy employees in Washington by a big margin".

Russian Federation has accused the United States of having too many spies operating within its diplomatic offices, and of refusing to cooperate on diplomatic issues.

Moscow:Russia says the U.S. is sheltering "too many" spies at its embassy in Moscow, warning that it may expel some American diplomats amid a deepening diplomatic row between the two counries.

"Russia as a state will continue to spare no effort to protect the interests of our companies overseas", Peskov said. "Since the seizure of these compounds, we are unaware of any evidence or assessment that the treatment of USA personnel in the Russian Federation has markedly improved".

She also reminded that the public must have heard about the "adventures" of some of the U.S. spies, adding that "everything was available to the public - wigs, disguises and installations with performances".

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