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'No Agreements' With Russia to Return Compounds in Maryland, New York: State Dept.

Former President Barack Obama closed the compounds in Decemeber in retaliation for Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election

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    President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian-owned compounds Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in response to Russian cyberattacks that may have influenced the 2016 presidential election. (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016)

    There are no deals between the U.S. and Russia, the State Department said Wednesday night in response to reports that President Donald Trump was considering returning two diplomatic facilities in the U.S. to Russia, NBC News reported.

    In December, then-President Barack Obama closed the compounds — one in Maryland and one in New York — in retaliation for Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. 

    The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the Trump administration was considering handing back the facilities.

    "The U.S. and Russia have reached no agreements," said R.C. Hammond, senior communications adviser for the State Department. "The next meeting will be in June in St. Petersburg."