It is an understatement to say that the United States and Russia have been at odds with one another but current reports take it to whole new levels. The United States just launched a series of accusations against Russia on harassing and intimidating its diplomats.
Incidents of Russian Harassment on US Officials
This is not the first time that harassment on American diplomats in Russia was brought up. In fact, Secretary of State John Kerry supposedly talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the matter last December 24.
“We see an increase and we take it seriously,” CNN quoted State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau. The spokeswoman said that Russian security agents along with the people have been involved in a series of harassment cases for the last two years. However, Trudeau did not specify what details of the incidents that Kerry talked to Putin. Nonetheless, the spokeswoman added that other Western embassies echoed the same complaints in Moscow.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova implied in the previous week that Russia “felt a significant increase in pressure on the Russian Embassy and consulates general of our country in the United States.” Trudeau, however, dismissed claims made by Russia.
“Harassment of U.S. diplomats by host government services is a longstanding problem that occurs inside Russia,” she added.
Russian Security Attacks US Diplomat
Other report from Washington Post supported the harassment claims. According to the publication, a uniformed Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) guard stationed outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was reportedly involved in an attack against a US diplomat who was attempting to enter the compound. The incident happened on June 6 with confirmation from U.S. officials who were briefed on the incident. There were no clear details about the motive of the attack yet.
Zakharova emphasized that while the US government is trying to undermine bilateral ties, the more difficult the situation could be.
“Diplomacy is based on reciprocity. The more the US damages relations, the harder it will be for US diplomats to work in Russia,” she said.