Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, decried the closing and searching of Russian consulate buildings in the US as an «occupation», in Moscow, Friday. He was speaking at the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the memory of civil uprising of Commissariat for Foreign Affairs employees against Nazi Germany in 1941.
Ryabkov stated that «The coordination of inspection conditions takes... Еще months, if not years, and is fixed in special documents, protocols, agreements and etc. The agents of the American special services entered the territory possessing diplomatic and consular immunity, they began to open cabinets and boxes. They checked all rooms. I do not know what they call a search, if it was just an inspection».
As well as Ryabkov, the Representatives of the Council of Veterans, the Association of Russian Diplomats and the Council of Young Diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia were among the participants of the event.
Last week, the US administration closed the consulate general of Russia in San Francisco and the building of the trade mission in Washington and New York. Afterwards, the Russian diplomats were also examined by representatives of the US authorities.
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