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Tom Perez: If Trump Undoes Sanctions, His 'Allegiances Are...with Putin'

Ben Pena | 01 June, 2017, 22:11

According to a Wednesday evening report from The Washington Post, the administration indicated to the Russian government in April 2017 that "it would consider turning the properties", which are located on Maryland's Eastern Shore and on New York's Long Island, "back over to them if Moscow would lift its freeze...on construction of a new USA consulate on a certain parcel of land in St. Petersburg".

Early last month, the Trump administration told the Russians it would consider turning the properties back over to them if Moscow would lift its freeze - imposed in 2014 in retaliation for USA sanctions related to Ukraine - on construction of a new us consulate in St. Petersburg, The Washington Post reported.

Equipment is removed from a Russian compound at Pioneer Point in Maryland in December after President Barack Obama imposed sanctions for Russia's alleged interference in the presidential campaign.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson changed course two days later, however, when meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak in Washington, D.C. Before leaving office, Obama blacklisted several Russians, maintained evidence of Russian hacking during the election, and forced the closure of two lavish estates used by Russian diplomats since the '70s.

The Trump administration has yet to finalize any plans to let Russian Federation use the compounds again.

Nothing changes in our head when we face Pakistan: Virat Kohli
It is a big match we understand but in our heads there is no difference", Kohli told reporters ahead of the team's departure here. After the game against Pakistan, India will play Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11.

The White House is now exploring turning the estates - one of which is in Oyster Bay - back over to Moscow, the Washington Post reported. A final decision has not been made, but the anonymous Post sources added that Russian activities could resume at the compounds but restrictions may be added, such as removing diplomatic immunity.

Two days later, the USA position changed, the Post reported.

Former President Barack Obama slapped these punishments on Russian Federation in December specifically because Moscow was meddling in the United States election in order to help Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.

"I think it's quite scandalous that they chose to throw out our kids", said Churkin, who died in February. He also expelled 35 Russian "intelligence operatives."

The implementation of sanctions began in 2014 in response to Russia annexing the Crimea territory of Ukraine and expanded as Russian active measures to the us and European Union and its military aggression toward its neighbors continued.

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