FOREIGN POLICY/RUSSIA: “Russia has described any possible conditions set by Washington to return two of the country’s diplomatic compounds in the US that were closed down late last year as ‘unacceptable.’
‘We have repeatedly said that we think any conditions are unacceptable. We think that the diplomatic property must be returned without any conditions and talks,’ Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN Monday [7-17-17].
‘What is happening is — de facto and de jure — a violation of international law,’ he said. ‘Contacts are happening between the foreign policy departments. Kremlin, as it is, does not really participate but as you know this issue was raised by President [Vladimir] Putin during his G20 meeting with President Trump in a quite straightforward manner.’
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.”
-Mary Ilyushina and Hilary Clarke, “Russia rejects any US conditions for return of seized compounds,’ CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 17, 2017 08:24am