Moscow losing patience over seized Russian properties in US

Kremlin Moscow's patience running out in diplomatic row with US

When a U.S. hacker boasted last October he had successfully hacked the ministry website, Zakharova said he had targeted a defunct version of the sitem The Moscow Times reported.

Russia's Foreign Ministry experrience large scale cyber attack originating from Iran and Hungary, as per spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

Speaking at a news briefing on Friday, the Kremlin's spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, said that Mr. Putin had not yet made a decision on the fate of the American diplomats. "He pressed, he pressed the president of the Russian Federation, (and) the president of the Russian Federation denied" the allegations.

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".

Moscow has repeatedly demanded the return of the properties, and the issue became hot again after Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump held their first meeting last week in Germany.

Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to retaliate immediately, saying he would wait to see what the new administration of Donald Trump would do.

In October, Obama directly warned Putin to stop interfering or face "serious consequences" but on December 29, 2016, the day the USA announced it was expelling 35 diplomats suspected as spies and imposing other penalties in retaliation for the intrusion, retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn discussed the sanctions with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.

"The number of personnel at the US embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington".

Adding to this, Obama administration announced that it would close two Russian waterfront compounds outside Washington and NY, describing them as spy nests, CNN reported.

When asked specifically by Tapper about those two compounds, Gorka said the United States needs to find ways to work with Russian Federation. "Since the seizure of these compounds, we are unaware of any evidence or assessment that the treatment of USA personnel in the Russian Federation has markedly improved".

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".

One possible retaliatory measure would be to reduce staff levels at the USA embassy in Moscow to those of the Russian embassy in Washington, she said.

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