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Russia considers reprisals for U.S. seizure of mansions

By Ed Adamczyk

July 11 (UPI) -- Russia is considering reprisals for U.S. seizure of two Russian intelligence compounds, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

In December, the Obama administration shut down two diplomatic mansions in Maryland and New York, and expelled 35 Russian diplomats. Former President Barack Obama acted after U.S. intelligence sources accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party computers in an attempt to weaken Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The administration of President Donald Trump has offered no sign it intends to return the properties to Russia.

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In Austria on Tuesday, Lavrov said of possible retaliation, "We are thinking about particular steps now. I do not believe this should be discussed in public, with all respect for the mass media and your wish to get this information. This situation is outrageous. I believe it's a shame on such a great country as the United States, the international law advocate, to leave the situation in a limbo."

He referred to the U.S. Congress as "charged up with Russophobia."

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The Maryland property is a 45-acre estate, obtained by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. While it was used as a recreational facility for Russian diplomats, U.S. officials said it also was a spying outpost. The 49-room mansion in Glen Cove on New York State's Long Island was similarly described as a spying outpost, the BBC reported Tuesday.

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