Demand that Russia return the diplomatic villas overshadows meeting trump and Putin

• Kremlin wants trump returned to the diplomatic facilities of the United States.

• The Obama administration has imposed on them after the arrest of the alleged hacker attacks on elections

When this week Vladimir Putin will meet with Donald trump, the Kremlin along with serious global issues such as Syria, North Korea and Ukraine will raise one pressing question: he wants to back garden.

The Obama administration has taken away from the Russian Embassy of a country house near Washington and new York at the end of last year in response to hacker attacks during the elections, accusing Russia that it uses these systems for “intelligence gathering”. Departing from tradition, Putin chose not to retaliate, hoping to improve relations with the trump.

Now Moscow is impatient. Putin’s foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov raised the degree of tension, saying Monday reporters that the patience of Russia is not unlimited, and that it will respond to the seizure by the Americans of their diplomatic property, if the issue is resolved.

Political trouble

But in America, an investigation is ongoing in an attempt to find out whether there was collusion between the representatives of the headquarters of the trump and the Russian authorities, and in these circumstances, internal costs for trump from such concessions would be huge. The first adviser to trump national security, Michael Flynn was forced to resign because Vice-President Mike Pence that during the conversation with the Russian Ambassador to the United States he discussed the possibility of lifting the sanctions.

To attract the attention of Russia to this seemingly minor issue demonstrates the confidence of Moscow that she has nothing to lose, as the tramp in any case will not go to a full fledged détente, which had hoped the Kremlin. But this can disrupt a more modest goal is to establish limited cooperation, and shows that Moscow simply does not understand how much of a poisoned political atmosphere in Washington its interference in last year’s presidential election.

“The Russians want to move forward in bilateral relations to what they call normalization, and partly to alleviate the tension. But the Foundation for such promotion is not generated, said a former senior aide to President George W. Bush Thomas Graham (Thomas Graham). — This is not happening partly because of the resistance, which has political and foreign policy establishment in Washington.”

Caught in the heart of the dispute confiscated property is a former Governor’s mansion in oyster Bay on long island and a vast area of 18 hectares on the banks of the Corsica river, Maryland, where there is a mansion in the English architectural style, pool, tennis court and a steam room.

For many representatives of the Russian foreign policy elite is not just a matter of principle. It is affected by personal interests. Giving in 2007, an interview with the Washington Magazine, the wife of the then Ambassador Svetlana Ushakov said that, this country house gives a pleasant opportunity to relax from the “hectic” life in the American capital.

Summer camp

Official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that because of the arrest of property of the children of Russian diplomats were deprived of the opportunity to spend the summer at camp, and to go out of town for the weekend. She accused the U.S. government of violating international diplomatic regulations and in disregard of purely human considerations.

Zakharova has denied reports in American media that agents of the United States found traces of removed antenna, removed computers and other spy equipment.

On 30 December on television, Putin rejected the recommendation of the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov to take appropriate action in response to the 35 expulsion of Russian diplomats and the Russian seizure of the property.

“It was a personal decision of Putin, who had an understandable goal, but there is no result yet,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, head of the Advisory body of the Kremlin, the Council on foreign and defense policy. Responses with a delay of six months can soothe hurt pride of Russia, but “now it will be a purposeful and demonstrative step which will strike the new administration,” added Lukyanov.

June 30, the newspaper “Izvestia” reported, citing a Russian diplomat, in response, the Kremlin can shut down the American Embassy dacha in Serebryany Bor elite, as well as a warehouse in the Russian capital.

Pending negotiations

Russia was hopeful that the disagreement will be resolved during the previously planned talks between Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of state Thomas Shannon (Shannon Thomas). However, the Russian side last month unexpectedly refused to hold this meeting in Saint-Petersburg in response to the extension of us sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian conflict.

“I know we are definitely ready to move it and can’t wait because this will eliminate the so-called stimuli and to solve some issues,” said June 29 at a briefing a press-the Secretary of the Department of state Nauert Heather (Heather Nauert). According to her, these cottages “is very important for the Russian authorities.”

Kremlin adviser Ushakov was resolute when asked whether Russia to focus on solving more important and priority issues, postponing the resolution of problems with the villas at a later date.

Putin will raise this issue at the meeting with trump, because “it is about time to liberate Russia from the need to retaliate,” he said. This kind of practical issues “are also important in the bilateral context.”