Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador in Washington DC, who alleged final month that Moscow’s diplomats in the US have been being ‘blocked’ by American authorities, has now claimed that Russian officers are being ‘threatened’ with violence, including that US intelligence brokers try to ‘set up contact’ with the embassy employees.
“It is like a besieged fortress. Mainly, our embassy is working in a hostile surroundings. The embassy staff are receiving threats, together with these of bodily violence,” information company Tass quoted Antonov as saying,
Although the ambassador didn’t reveal who was ‘threatening’ the employees, he additional mentioned, “Brokers from the US safety providers are hanging round exterior our constructing, handing out telephone numbers belonging to the CIA and FBI, which may be known as to ascertain contact.”
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The Central Intelligence Company (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the State Division are but to reply to Antonov’s allegations.
Amid the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine, which started on February 24, Russia and the US have been engaged in a diplomatic tussle of their very own, not least as a result of invasion itself. The 2 international locations have expelled one another’s diplomats; the US has additionally been on the forefront of calling for cessation of the Ukraine struggle, and slapped sanctions towards Moscow for attacking the east European nation.
In response, Russia imposed journey ban on prime American officers, together with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Final Monday, Russia’s envoy in Poland was attacked with pink paint within the latter’s capital metropolis, Warsaw, by protesters opposing the Ukraine struggle.
(With company inputs)