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Kremlin warns U.S. against dragging out property stalemate

By Doug G. Ware
Kremlin warns U.S. against dragging out property stalemate
A Russian spokesman said Monday that the Kremlin is losing patience with U.S. officials over the return of property confiscated in December upon the effectual closure of Moscow's embassy in Washington, D.C. File Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

July 3 (UPI) -- The Russian government said Monday it is losing patience with U.S. officials over the property confiscated in the closures of Kremlin diplomatic compounds in the last few months.

Former President Barack Obama imposed sanctions against Russian diplomats in December as punishment for Moscow's reputed interfering in the presidential election. As a result, Russian officials were not allowed access to their property.

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Monday, a representative of President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin is running out of patience.

"As a rule, we have spoken about the principle of reciprocity. As for Russia's patience on that matter, it is running out," spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "That has also been mentioned at various levels."

Russian officials were refused access to the buildings starting Dec. 30.

The U.S. sanctions affected the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Consulate General in San Francisco and compounds in New York and Maryland.

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