White House considers returning diplomatic compounds to Russian Federation

They are directly related to the very Russian activities involving Trump and the 2016 United States presidential election that are now under investigation.

In response to reports in the U.S. and in Russian Federation that the handover is imminent, the State Department told NBC News, "The U.S. and Russian Federation have reached no agreements", and the next meeting between the two countries will be at the end of the month in St. Petersburg.

Most U.S. intelligence officials can relay stories of run-ins with Russian intelligence operatives - often moonlighting as lobbyists, diplomats and businessmen - hanging around popular Washington happy hours. However, shortly after, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that they had "dropped any linkage" between the compounds and the consulate, according to the Post.

In another present for Vladimir Putin and the Russians, the Trump administration is now planning give back two American-based compounds to Russia - the first sign that the White House is planning to ease punishments imposed on the Russians for their meddling in last year's election.

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Since the Reagan administration, USA intelligence officials have claimed they were also being used for intelligence purposes. "That's why they kicked out 35 diplomats who may have been spies". One of the steps taken was the closure of two compounds - one in Maryland and one in NY - reportedly used by Russian officials furtherance of their espionage activities. The Kremlin imposed the freeze in 2014 after the US placed wide-ranging sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Senior Tillerson adviser R.C. Hammond said "the US and Russian Federation have reached no agreements", and the next senior- level meeting between the two governments will be in June in St. Petersburg, the Post reported.

For decades, Russian Federation asserted that it used the compounds as luxury event spaces where United Nations officials and ambassadors could enjoy recreational activities and carouse in comfort, but according to the Post, the USA has long suspected the properties were actually spy sites.

Getting the compounds back could mean that Kislyak is set to become the UN's undersecretary general for counterterrorism, according to the Washington Post.

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