September 2, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Russia has call for the deputy chief of mission of the US Embassy in Moscow, Anthony F. Godfrey, to submit a protest letter over US plans to search the Russian trade mission in Washington, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement just made moments ago.
The statement revealed that Russian diplomats have been denied access to the trade mission building despite being owned by Russia and protected by diplomatic immunity.
Because of this gross violation of diplomatic immunity, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that:
“The US authorities must stop the gross violations of international law and refuse to encroach on the immunity of Russia’s diplomatic institutions. Otherwise we reserve the right to reciprocate on the basis of reciprocity.”
“We consider the planned illegal search of Russian diplomatic premises in the absence of Russian officials and the threat we have received to break down the door of the building as an aggressive action, which the US intelligence service may use to orchestrate an anti-Russian provocation by planting compromising items,” the statement also said.
This was triggered when days ago the US ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco and the downsizing of its diplomatic presence in New York City and Washington DC.