Russia demands US return seized mansions ahead of talks
Russia is pressing demands that the US give it access to two diplomatic compounds seized in the US last year.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was unacceptable to set preconditions for returning the properties. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the move as "daylight robbery".
In December, the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed the two compounds.
Russian and US officials are due to discuss the issue later on Monday.
US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon is hosting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in Washington.
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