Russia's Foreign Ministry complains as US takes control of consulate

  03 October 2017    Read: 518
Russia's Foreign Ministry complains as US takes control of consulate

Russia's Foreign Ministry complained about U.S. law enforcement taking over the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, threatening unspecified retaliation against U.S. diplomats.

The ministry recalled that the US has again committed a flagrant violation of international law. "Since last December the Americans have seized by force five Russian diplomatic buildings that are our property. This time the front doors were broken down again and a sweeping search was conducted inside," the statement says.

"To emphasise once again, we have not given the US authorities our consent to the lifting of immunity from our diplomatic and consular property, nor do we permit the invasion of our buildings. Nobody has invited US agents to be there. They are intruders. Their actions are outrageous and unprecedented in the history of bilateral relations," the ministry stressed.

e ministry strongly protested the latest hostile act of Washington and reserved the right to respond. "Reciprocity has always been a fundamental principle in diplomacy. As we see it, by breaking in into our foreign offices, the Americans have essentially agreed to the possibility of similar treatment of their representative offices in Russia,"

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