The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation informed the state Department that the conditions of stay of American diplomats in Russia at the present time are adjusted in accordance with the limits set for the domestic representatives in the United States, reports the press service of the Russian foreign Ministry.
Monday, September 11, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov held in Helsinki consultations with his American counterpart Thomas Shannon. “The Russian side reiterated the protest in connection with the hostile actions of the United States, assault on diplomatic immunity. Provided that the conditions of stay of American diplomats in Russia will be brought into compliance with the limits for our representatives,” reads the press release of the Ministry.
During the talks, Ryabkov and Shannon in the centre of attention was the situation around the forced closure by U.S. authorities of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and “the illegitimate seizure of our diplomatic property in this city and in Washington that previously occurred with two suburban residential complexes of the Russian community in the United States.”
“These steps, including those conducted by US intelligence under the threat of force searches of premises who have immunity, have become flagrant violation of the Vienna conventions on diplomatic and consular relations, bilateral Consular Convention. At the same time was severely limited freedom of movement of our diplomats” – said in Moscow.
It is reported that the Russian diplomat drew attention of the US and “other unacceptable actions of Washington, including the frequent arrests of Russian citizens by us intelligence agencies in third countries”.
Ryabkov called on the us authorities “to stop destroying the Russian-us relations and undermine international law that is fraught with serious consequences, and begin to search for solutions of accumulated is not our fault problems.”
Earlier, the Russian media reported that the foreign Ministry worked out several possible response options on the requirement of the state Department to close the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco and the Russian trade mission in Washington and new York to achieve the desired parity of conditions in which the work of American missions in Russia and Russian in the United States.
According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, it can be probable to limit the number of entry points in Russia American diplomats about the possibility of reducing the number of American diplomats in Russia, which will be allowed freely to travel outside a certain area around the diplomatic missions.
In addition, it is possible that the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and other cities may be deprived of the special Parking spaces that currently exist along the perimeter of the buildings. In the United States such Parking allocated specifically for the cars of Russian diplomats, no.
Russian Consulate General in San Francisco was closed on 1 September 2017 at the request of the U.S. Department of state, parallel to the closed buildings of trade representative offices in Washington and new York. The requirement to close these objects, according to the notice of the US authorities, was a response to the 755 expulsion of American diplomats from Russia by decision of the Russian authorities.
Left Russian diplomats premises were searched. The Russian foreign Ministry accused the US occupation of Russian dipuchrezhdeny and destabilization of the world order.