Killenworth, an estate built in 1913 for George du Pont Pratt and purchased by the former Soviet Union in 1951, is seen in Glen Cove, New York, on December 30, 2016.
US lawmakers have raised concerns that Moscow might use the firm's products to attack American computer networks, a particularly sensitive issue given allegations by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation hacked and leaked emails of Democratic Party political groups to interfere in the 2016 presidential election campaign.
"There are too many employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon's espionage unit working under the roof of the American diplomatic mission whose activity does not correspond at all with their status", Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova said on Friday according to TASS. "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.
"We expect that now, after the summit in Hamburg on July 7, the U.S. side will show a more constructive approach", Zakharova surmised.More news: Iranian math genius, Fields Medal victor Mirzakhani passes away
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Russia's Foreign Ministry has raised once again the issue about the Russian diplomatic compounds seized by the U.S. government over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 elections.
Flynn was forced to resign as National Security Advisor after just 24 days in the job, when it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation and American Intelligence intercepted a phone call by Russian officials who claimed they could use Flynn to influence Trump.
Mr. Putin has not finalized any retaliatory measures as of Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Reuters. "The number of staff at the US embassy in Moscow exceeds the number of our embassy employees in Washington by a big margin". "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".
"If our American partners do not understand it in a different way, at some point we will have to take steps in this direction".