It looks like the Trump regime is ready to cave in to the Russians and give up the two spy compounds that President Obama seized last year:
Russia has been pressing demands that the US give it access to two diplomatic compounds seized in the US last year.
After high-level talks between both sides, one Russian official involved said the row had "almost" been resolved.
Russia has been angered by the move, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov calling it "daylight robbery".
In December the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut the compounds over suspicions of meddling in US elections.
The talks saw US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon host Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in Washington on Monday.
Mr Ryabkov sounded upbeat after three hours of talks with the American diplomat.
This is a big, big deal, but not because of what you think. It's a symbol for who is expected to act like an equal and who is expected to knuckle under. The Russians want Trump to knuckle under and they want it to happen before he gets impeached. This is a continuation of a broader campaign to weaken the American political system and turn us against one another. In the America we used to know, the Russians wouldn't be able to dictate terms. We'd tell them to get lost. They'd retaliate. And then everything would go back to the way it was.
We know the Russians were spying. They knew that we knew they were spying. It was a comfortable arrangement, for a time. The Russians know we have properties in Russia itself where we conduct spying. We also know that the Russians probably have other sites where they conduct spying. Don't think for a second that everyone involved knows what's going on.
What makes this a big deal is how everyone involved is going to tolerate each other's activities. What "gentleman's agreement" will we have with the Russians? What will we tolerate and what will we tolerate?
If Trump wasn't owned by the Russians, he would tell them to go pound sand. That's what a normal president would do. And the Russians would retaliate and everything would go back to how it was--we would have an understanding with them and they would have one with us and we'd go back to pretending everything was equal. In international relations, always chase normal. It's so much easier for everyone involved. I would take normal right now in a second.
But Trump is owned by the Russians, and they want something for nothing. They want their property back entirely for the symbol it represents--the dominance of Russia's will in the face of American fecklessness. There are old hand Cold Warriors who are livid about this because, for all intents and purposes, we already know the Russians have contingency plans to spy on us through other means. They don't NEED these properties in New York and Maryland. They WANT them so that Putin can show his inner circle who run things.
Trump doesn't run things. Trump is their bitch, and he is expected to take a knee and hand over the keys. If Congress doesn't step in, then they're owned, too. That's the way of the world right now, and none of this is normal, not even for a second. It's a travesty of the highest order.