25 April / 2018

U.S. media has suddenly turned to raising hysteria at the Russian diplomats

On April 25, 2018 people in Russia and the U.S. celebrate a significant date. 73 years ago our officers and soldiers met at the Elbe river in Germany. It is an unforgettable event in the lives of the two nations. It embodies brotherhood-in-arms and the ability of Russia and the U.S. solve the most complicated issues of international security together.
However, today’s celebration was darkened by unlawful actions of the American authorities that despite international norms and regulations stormed the residence of the Russian Consul General in Seattle on the very same day. They took down the locks and now do whatever they please on the Russian territory. We regard such U.S. actions as hostile against Russia. They attract the attention of the two nations from responding to the most serious security challenges facing our countries. It most certainly counts as an additional blow to the U.S.-Russia relations, which are already in a crisis state.
It seems that in order to shift international public opinion from the illegal actions, the U.S. media has suddenly turned to raising hysteria at the Russian diplomats, who had been expelled from the U.S., and their alleged “hunt for former Soviet and Russian defectors”. Moreover, such statements are insolently being tied to a recent tragedy in Britain with two poisoned Russian citizens. One cannot but notice that while the former thesis used to contain “highly likely” in terms of Russian involvement in this incident, today these words are forgotten. We are being groundlessly accused of something we did not commit. Such actions against Russia are unacceptable.
Our fellow diplomats, who were expelled from the U.S. were highly professional public servants, decent and humble people, who did all they could to develop U.S.-Russia relations. We would like to remind that among them were employees, who were overseeing cultural ties, space cooperation, trade relations, and even a protocol assistant to the Ambassador.
All these actions alienate the prospects for improving U.S.-Russia relations. They also create additional complications for contacts between Russian and American people, as well as hinder strengthening of regional and global security.