A Russian compound, which was ordered to be closed and vacated, is seen in Upper Brookville, Long Island, New York, U.S., on Dec. 30, 2016 Source: Reuters
MOSCOW, May 12 (Reuters) - Russia may retaliate against the United States for the Obama administration's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats it said were spies, a top Kremlin aide said on Friday.
Moscow is also waiting for the return of two diplomatic compounds seized in the United States during the same espionage scandal, Yuri Ushakov, a Kremlin foreign policy aide, said.
"We are waiting for the return of Russian diplomatic property illegally impounded before the New Year by the previous U.S. authorities," Ushakov told a news briefing.
"We decided not to respond immediately to this escapade, but no one has yet abolished the principle of reciprocity in diplomacy ... Our patience is not without limits," he said, saying Russian retaliation could not be ruled out.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had raised the issue of the compounds during a Washington visit this week, he said.
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Update: Moscow expects U.S. to return Russian diplomatic property (RBTH/TASS)
WNU Editor: Moscow was hoping that this was going to be resolved when Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov met President Trump this Wednesday. If today's remarks from Moscow are an indication .... it looks like no headway was made. Bottom line .... the Kremlin is clearly not optimistic that U.S. - Russian relations are going to improve soon .... Quick solutions in Russian-US relations unlikely due to Obama legacy — Kremlin aide (TASS). What's my take .... Washington is totally into the entire story that Russia colluded with Trump to win last year's election .... and that any affiliation by anyone in Washington with Russia .... or giving something to Russia .... will be poisonous for that person right now .