Russia hands letter of protest to US concerning planned search of trade mission

The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned a US diplomat handing him a letter of protest regarding the planned search of the soon-to-be closed Russian trade mission complex in Washington. The ministry claimed that the “illegal inspection” could be seen as a provocation against Russia.
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The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned a US diplomat in Moscow today (Saturday) handing him a letter of protest concerning the US’s plan to search the soon-to-be closed Russian trade mission complex in Washington. The Russians asserted in the letter that this is “an illegal inspection of a diplomatic compound” calling the measure “an unprecedented aggressive and violent act.”

The letter of protest was handed to US Embassy in Moscow Deputy Chief of Mission Anthony F. Godfrey, the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry website reported. The Kremlin argued that inspecting the complex could be used as “anti-Russian provocations” by planting objects and evidence.

As reported yesterday by JOL, Russia promised a “harsh response” to the US’s order to shut down its diplomatic missions in San Francisco, Washington, and New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. “We will harshly respond to these things that have landed on us out of nowhere,” Lavrov stated during an address to students at Russia’s top school for diplomacy broadcasted live on television. “It has hurt us and stems solely from the desire to undermine our relations with the US.”



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