American authorities are considering the possibility of returning Russia to its diplomatic property. According to the Deputy assistant to the President Sebastian Gorki, Washington wants to “give a chance” interaction and cooperation with Moscow.
At the end of December 2016, the Obama administration imposed a package of sanctions because of “intervention in election” and “pressure on American diplomats” working in Russia.
Among other things, the U.S. closed access to two residential complexes, the so — called suburban dachas of Russia’s permanent mission in new York and the Russian Embassy in Washington, who are diplomatic property of Moscow. Also, the country was sent to 35 diplomats.
The Russian foreign Ministry actions of Washington called the “legal gatherings in the country of lawyers”.
The position of the White house
In an interview with CNN, Hill said about the need for cooperation between the US and Russia.
“The fact that we may not have a General philosophy that may not have a common view of the statesman of the world, but the point is that there are subjects of General concern”, — said the representative of the administration.
As an example of successful cooperation, the us official cited the situation in Syria.
“Do not forget that more than 400 thousand people were killed in Syria. It’s awful. But if we see the good will that comes from the Kremlin in terms of such things as a truce, then perhaps there is a chance that Rex Tillerson (U.S. Secretary of state. — Approx. ed.) wants to see is the improvement of relations between our two capitals,” said Hill.
On Friday the Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that experts from Russia, the US and Jordan agreed on a Memorandum on the establishment of a zone of de-escalation in the South-West of Syria: areas of Deraa, Quneitra, and Suwayda. The ceasefire took effect from noon on 9 July.
Monday Tillerson said “some progress” had been in Syria. He also expressed hope that the ceasefire will be able to enter and in the Northern part of the country.
The pressure on trump
Last week, the situation with the Russian diplomatic property interfered with members of the Senate. Three members of Parliament (Republicans Marco Rubio, johnny Isakson and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen) demanded that President Donald trump not to return the residence to Moscow.
The appeal of the senators was published on the eve of the first personal meeting trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The senators expressed “deep concern” about the reports of the representatives of the U.S. administration that the meeting with Putin to discuss the return of the Embassy of the country houses (“dachas” — as the authors of the message).
“Return these two objects of Russia while the Kremlin refuses to answer for his campaign against the influence of the United States will strengthen President Vladimir Putin and will contribute to a dangerous escalation of destabilizing activities of the Kremlin against democracies around the world,” — said the parliamentarian.
The senators also said that they see “limitations” of the desire of Moscow to work “with US”. Politicians urged trump “delete the return object of any negotiations and discussions.”
Russian authorities have already prepared a response to the seizure of diplomatic property in the United States. On Wednesday, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow’s patience “running out”.
“The situation is unprecedented: and from the point of view and bilateral Russian-American relations, and from the point of view of international law. So, of course, Russia can not long put up with it, leaving without mutual action. At the same time, we expect that some political will is shown by our colleagues in the USA to correct the violations of international law”, — said Peskov told reporters.
In turn, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the situation outrageous.
“I believe that for such a great country as the United States, a champion of international law, is just a shame to leave the situation in limbo,” said the diplomat told reporters.
The Minister also reminded that the decision on the withdrawal of Russian departmenti took the administration of Barack Obama.
“It was — used the word “seizures” of the fifth administration, she wanted to poison Russian-American relations”, — said Sergey Lavrov.
About possible retaliatory measures of Moscow on Tuesday, told the newspaper “Izvestia”. According to the newspaper, the Russian authorities are planning to expel about 30 American diplomats and the seizure of many properties in the USA.
“There is a preliminary agreement on holding the meeting in Saint-Petersburg Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov and first Deputy Secretary of state Thomas Shannon. If there is a compromise is not found, we will have to go to such measures”, — told the newspaper source in the foreign Ministry.
Among the objects that can get under arrest, are referred to as belonging to the US dacha in Serebryany Bor, and a warehouse in Moscow.