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Envoy says Russian diplomats in U.S. are threatened, enticed by FBI -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: An umbrella-wielding pedestrian is seen outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation near Washington’s Glover Park, U.S.A, 02/22/2022 REUTERS/Tom Brenner

(Reuters) – Russian diplomats are threatened with violence in Washington and U.S. Intelligence Services try to get contact with them. Tass reported that the ambassador said this on Saturday.

Russian TV reported that Anatoly Antonov stated to Russian Television that face-to-face talks with U.S. officials were over since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

It’s almost like an invading fortress. Tass quoted him saying that “Basically our embassy operates in hostile environments… Embassy employees are being threatened with physical violence.”

“Agents of the U.S. security service are standing outside the Russian embassy handing out CIA/ FBI numbers which can be called for contact.”

The CIA and FBI as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the U.S. State Department didn’t immediately respond to messages for comment.

People protesting the war used Monday to douse the Russian Ambassador in Poland with a red substance.

The dispute between Russia and America over size and function of diplomatic missions was a matter that existed long before Russia attacked Ukraine.

Moscow expelling a group of U.S. diplomatic personnel in March, after Washington announced it was expulsion 12 Russian diplomats working at its U.N. mission here in New York.