Russia's Foreign Ministry has issued a statement today warning that they believe there are too many USA spies operating in Moscow under diplomatic cover, and that they may decide to expel some of those "diplomats" soon in retaliation for U.S. moves late past year.
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova declared on Friday that "there are too many" USA intelligence officers in the American Embassy in Moscow, as cited by state-run news agency TASS.
Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, reacting to a U.S. government move restricting its activities, said on Wednesday it had fallen victim to U.S. -Russia global sparring while the Kremlin criticized the U.S. action as politically-motivated.
"But at the same time we expect that in the end our colleagues in the USA will finally show some kind of political will to rectify the violations of global law which they admitted".
Veselnitskaya was said to be a "Russian government attorney", and her meeting with Trump Jr. has added fuel to suspicion in the United States that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to retaliate immediately, saying he would wait to see what the new administration of Donald Trump would do.
"Russia as a state will continue to spare no effort to protect the interests of our companies overseas", Peskov said.
The warning was in response to comments made on CNN by Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, that linked the compounds' return to Russia's adherence to a recent U.S-Russian cease-fire deal in southwest Syria.
A former Obama administration official told the Post the former administration had "no intention" of ever returning the compounds. They believe that keeping the compounds closed and being vigilant in the meeting next week will help "deny the Russian government the ability to advance its interests from within our own states". One option under consideration is stripping the premises of the diplomatic immunity they previously enjoyed.
A handful of Democratic Senators were fuming on Thursday as Donald Trump and the White House could be on the verge of giving back two compounds to Russian Federation that were shut down by the Obama administration. Perhaps the Trump campaign all of the meetings with Russians taken by the president's campaign were all just coincidental, and they all just happened to forget about them - until, of course, the media uncovered them.
"We have to move on in the interest of USA national security and saving innocent lives", he said.
Also, Russia has begun to deploy new ground-launched cruise missiles, in violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and the Trump Administration has not responded. "Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian and Syrian problems are solved", he tweeted.