Russian diplomats in Washington are threatened with violence and US intelligence services are trying to contact them, according to Reuters, citing TASS, which hosts statements by the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Anatoly Antonov told Russian television that since the start of the “special military operation” in Ukraine – as Russia calls the invasion of neighboring Ukraine – face-to-face meetings with US officials have stopped.
“It looks like a siege fortress. “Basically, our embassy operates in a hostile environment.… Embassy staff are receiving threats, including threats of physical violence,” he said.
“US intelligence agents are circling outside the Russian embassy, handing out CIA and FBI phone numbers that could be used to communicate.”
Both the CIA and the FBI declined to comment, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department did not respond to a request for comment.
It is recalled that last Monday the Russian ambassador to Poland was attacked with red paint by protesters expressing their opposition to the war in Ukraine.
Russia and the United States were embroiled in controversy over the size and operation of their diplomatic missions long before Moscow invaded Ukraine.
Moscow deported several US diplomats in March after Washington announced the deportation of 12 Russian diplomats to the UN.