Russian diplomats in US ‘threatened, seduced’ by FBI, envoy says


Russo-Ukrainian War: Russia and the United States were locked in a dispute.

Russian diplomats in Washington are under threat of violence and US intelligence services are trying to get in touch with them, Tass news agency quoted the ambassador as saying on Saturday.

Anatoly Antonov told Russian television that since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, face-to-face meetings with US officials were over.

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“It’s like a fortress under siege. Basically, our embassy is operating in a hostile environment…Embassy employees are receiving threats, including threats of physical violence,” Tass quoted him as saying.

“US security agents hang around outside the Russian Embassy, ​​handing out CIA and FBI phone numbers, which can be called to establish contact.”

The CIA, FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the US State Department did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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Russia’s ambassador to Poland was sprayed with a red substance on Monday by anti-war protesters.

Russia and the United States were locked in a dispute over the size and operation of their respective diplomatic missions long before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Moscow expelled a number of US diplomats in March after Washington said it was expelling 12 Russian diplomats from the country’s UN mission in New York.

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