U.S. denies visas to Russian replacements for expelled diplomats - Moscow

Posted July 16, 2017

"There is no sense drawing us into such a soap opera as we are not taking part or playing roles in it", said the Kremlin spokesman.

Russia's Foreign Ministry experrience large scale cyber attack originating from Iran and Hungary, as per spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

Putin has not yet taken any decisions on retaliatory measures, Peskov said. Russian Federation denies the allegations.

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

When pressed Thursday by CNN's Jake Tapper on why the Trump administration is considering returning two Russian compounds to USA soil, White House aide Sebastian Gorka pointed to the importance of giving "collaboration, cooperation, a chance".

Senate Democrats Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland, and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, have sent a letter to Shannon telling him they "strongly oppose" any move to hand the two diplomatic compounds back over to Russian Federation.

Moreover, according to Ms. Zakharova, the United States is now refusing to issue visas to Russian diplomats waiting to replace those who were expelled.

The website earlier suggested that there is an impression that a certain unofficial agreement on the issue has already been reached between Washington and Moscow which will allow the United States to maintain the status quo, while Moscow will at last answer with responsive measures by expelling American diplomats and arresting U.S. diplomatic property in Russian Federation. Then-President Obama said the resort compounds on Maryland's Eastern Shore and on New York's Long Island were being used for intelligence purposes. "As for the measures - the number of personnel at the USA embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington. One of our options, apart from a tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans, would be to even out the numbers".

Moscow:Russia says the USA 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's leadership, including Vladimir Putin, have dismissed time and again the accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections - in spite of the findings announced by the U.S. intelligence community.