Ambassador Antonov said the Russian embassy in Washington was like a “fortress under siege” and that diplomats were being threatened with violence.
“It’s a very close comparison image, I agree with that statement.” TASS On May 14, Russian ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov described the Russian embassy in Washington as “operating in a hostile environment”.
Antonov said anti-Russian rallies are taking place near the embassy every day, with acts of extremism and vandalism. “Embassy staff receive threats, including threats of violence,” he added.
The Russian ambassador claims US security agents are standing outside the embassy trying to contact Russian diplomats and gave CIA and FBI phone numbers to get them to contact him.
The CIA, FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the US State Department all declined to comment.
Moscow announced the expulsion of several US diplomats in March after Washington announced the expulsion of 12 Russian diplomats from the United Nations mission in New York.
The Russian ambassador to Poland, Sergei Andreyev, was sprayed with red paint by protesters against the military campaign in Ukraine last week as he was about to lay a wreath at the Soviet soldiers’ cemetery in Warsaw. Russia has demanded an apology from Poland and warned of retaliatory measures.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau condemned the paint spatter, calling it “extremely bad”, but Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller and Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said “it is possible” to understand the anger of the protesters who attacked Ambassador Andreev.
Ngoc app (Corresponding TASS)