New President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last week discussed the two diplomatic compounds, but did not reach an agreement.
"We gave time for the new administration to examine this disgusting legacy and begin to build the bilateral relationship on the basis of mutual respect", Ms. Zakharova said.
The compounds were closed down by former President Barack Obama as punishment for Russia's interference in the USA presidential election, and Tapper wanted to know why there would be "the possibility of a reward when there is still this issue, this cloud, of Russia's election interference".
The outlet therefore suggests that the upcoming meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon should lead to specific results in the settlement of this very issue.
Thomas Shannon, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov plan to meet in Washington on Monday to discuss issues including the expulsions and the seizure of two properties owned by the Russian government in the United States.
"We expect that now, after the summit in Hamburg on July 7, the USA side will show a more constructive approach", Zakharova surmised.
Putin has not yet taken any decisions on retaliatory measures, Peskov said.
Trump's positive comments about Russian leader Putin both before and after he assumed office as President of the United States have caused additional concerns.
She said Russia was planning possible retaliation for the December expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian state-sponsored hackers and propagandists interfered in last year's White House race by targeting Mr. Trump's former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
"The staff of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow far exceeds the number of our embassy workers in Washington", she said.
"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", said Zakharova. "Certainly, they could. Even more so, as both the President and the Secretary of State have recently made quite sharp public statements with regards to Russian Federation", the newspaper says. "One of our options, apart from a tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans, would be to even out the numbers".