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"There are too many employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon's espionage unit working under the roof of the American diplomatic mission whose activity does not correspond at all with their status", Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova said on Friday according to TASS.

The warning came in response to comments made by an adviser to President Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka, who linked the rollback of sanctions to Russia's adherence to a deal to cease-fire in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova urged the United States to return the properties and reinstate personnel in order to build relations at a briefing Friday.

What is also of a particular interest, the newspaper says, is that Moscow still does not blame President Trump for the issue, while openly putting the blame on the US Department of State.

She also reminded that the public must have heard about the "adventures" of some of the USA spies, adding that "everything was available to the public - wigs, disguises and installations with performances".

Gorka said "the last thing" one could say about Trump was that he was weak, and that Trump had pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the matter at a meeting last Friday.

She further complained that United States officials were not issuing visas to Russian diplomats to allow Moscow to replace the expelled employees.

It hasn't even been a year since the 2016 presidential election, the investigations into both the Russian hacking and the Trump campaign's involvement are still ongoing - and becoming more explosive each day - and this White House is considering easing punishment imposed by the Obama administration just eight month ago?

The two compounds were closed down over Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

The administration increased sanctions against several individuals and entities, expelled diplomats and closed down two Russian compounds - one in NY and one in Maryland. As for the measures - the number of personnel at the U.S. embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington. "So, one of the options is that, apart from expelling the corresponding number of USA diplomats, we will just have to even the number of personnel", Zakharova added.

The White House aide explained that the administration is not "looking to create new enemies" and that they would "like to have better relations with Russian Federation".

If there was no movement in the U.S. -Russia dispute soon, she said Moscow would have to reluctantly retaliate and suggested U.S. spies working in Russian Federation would be among those to be expelled.

Russia's leadership, including Vladimir Putin, have dismissed time and again the accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 USA elections - in spite of the findings announced by the United States intelligence community.

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