US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert explained why Washington seized the two Russian compounds in the US.
"We do know that they [compounds] were involved in some nefarious activities here in the United States. And we had the right and the ability to – Russia still owns them. But we had the ability to have people leave from that facility and contain those facilities because of activities that were taking place there," she told the briefing.
Nauert recalled that the conversations on this topic are ongoing. Thomas Shannon, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, has been engaged in conversations with his counterpart Sergei Ryabkov. She added that no decisions have been made on that whatsoever.