Russia Threatens Escalation If These Demands Are Not Met

Russia has vowed to kick out American diplomats if the US refuses to reopen two Russian compounds — one on Long Island and another in Maryland — that were shuttered last year.

The estates were closed by the Obama administration last December as part of US retaliation against Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election. President Obama said the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes.”

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday that Moscow “will have to take reciprocal measures” if an agreement regarding the compounds can’t be reached.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the matter last week, but have yet to come up with a solution.


Originally published by New York Post.