Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Lawmaker slams removal of flags from Russian diplomatic missions in US

Lawmaker slams removal of flags from Russian diplomatic missions in US

During a briefing on Thursday, October 12, Zakharova stated that the U.S. authorities committed another hostile act against Russian diplomatic premises in the United States.

In July, Moscow ordered the United States to cut the number of its diplomatic and technical staff working in Russian Federation by around 60%, to 455, part of a diplomatic row, Reuters reported.

Zakharova also said that in accordance with an instruction given by President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Foreign Ministry was in the process of selecting a legal firm to start a court proceeding over the seizure of diplomatic properties. In addition, US officials said that the US State Department ensures the safety of the Russian diplomatic property and keeps it in order accordingly.

She said that by breaking into the Russian diplomatic properties, the USA special services showed that they were ready for Moscow to act in a similar manner. "In addition to the blatant attack on the flags, the Americans do not hide the fact that they have also rummaged through the documents in the office of the Consulate General in San Francisco, even though consular archives shall be considered inviolable in accordance with the bilateral Consular Convention".

The U.S. State Department denied that the flags were stolen.

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"Russian flags were torn off from buildings of the Russian trade mission in Washington and consulate general in San Francisco, earlier occupied by USA security services' agents", Zakharova said at a briefing.

"We consider this as an extremely unfriendly step", the embassy said.

Earlier on Thursday, the State Duma Council made a decision to postpone the parliamentary delegation's visit to the USA due to the present circumstances, the lower house of the Russian parliament said.

"The flags at the former Russian consular properties in San Francisco were respectfully lowered and are safely stored within each of the buildings", the official said on Wednesday.

He pledged that the State Department is responsible for the safety of these facilities and is maintaining them in due condition. Besides, they demanded that the Consulate General in San Francisco should be closed and the consul general's residence emptied.

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