Russia protests to US over consulate flags 'hostile act'

12 October, 2017, 15:48 | Author: Regina Silva
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"They shall be inviolable always and everywhere, even if a consular institution stops working", the official representative for the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs said.

"These are absolutely illegal, absolutely provocative and absolutely unfriendly actions of those who seek to hamper restoration of normal relations".

He stressed that it had been done with due respect to the Russian national symbols.

Earlier, the Russian side expressed serious concerned and indignation about the removal of the Russian flags from the building of the Office of the Consulate General in San Francisco, as well as from the Russian trade mission in Washington.

In an interview on state television, Russia's new Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov called the taking down of the flags "upsetting".

The Russian Embassy to the United States said on its Russian-language Twitter account that flags were "stolen" from the building, and called it "the latest shameful event" in a series of tit-for-tat diplomatic reprisals between the countries this year.

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The US Administration says that the facilities have been stripped of diplomatic immunity.

"A strong protest was sent to the American side in relation to Russian flags being torn down at our diplomatic properties in San Francisco, which are under the control of US authorities", Russian news agencies quoted the embassy as saying in a statement.

After Borisenko's statement, U.S. spokesman for Russian embassy Maria Olson "discoloration of relations does not serve interests of both sides".

"We demand an immediate end to the takeover of our property in the U.S., which is accompanied by offensive actions", Mr Antonov added.

Earlier, Russia's envoy to Washington, Mr Anatoly Antonov, said he had sent a "decisive protest" to the United States over the removed flags. "The flag at the former Russian Washington, DC property was also taken down and is safely stored within the building".

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