Kremlin wants US to return Russian compounds without strings
Any U.S. preconditions for the return of its diplomatic property seized by the United States ran contrary to international law, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"Return of the diplomatic property to Russia must not depend on any conditions. This totally contradicts international law," Reuters cited Peskov as saying.
Peskov was responding to comments made to CNN by Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, that appeared to link the compounds' return to Russia's behavior in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to retaliate over the expulsions and property seizure at the time, saying he would wait to see what the Trump administration would do.
Putin has not yet taken any decisions on retaliatory measures, Peskov said.