“Pressed for Treason”
Russian ambassador complains of threats against diplomats
Anatoly Antonov is the Russian Ambassador to Washington. In times of war against Ukraine, this is very difficult work, because diplomats also feel that the United States is supporting Ukraine in this conflict. The ambassador has the feeling of being seated in a fortress.
According to the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Russian diplomats in the United States are under threat. “Our embassy is in a hostile environment. Embassy staff are receiving threats, including threats of physical violence,” Ambassador Anatoly Antonov was quoted by Russian news agency TASS as saying.
The operation of the embassy currently resembles a besieged fortress, Antonov said on Soloviev Live. “Every day near our mission there are anti-Russian rallies, hooliganism and vandalism.”
American security agents handed out CIA and FBI contact numbers outside the Russian Embassy. According to Antonov, Russian diplomats and military officials would be driven into treason. “What is appalling is that well-known politicians, whom I respected and whose knowledge I valued, are now publishing in the American media calls for Russian diplomats and military officials to change sides with the so-called democracy. In fact, my comrades are becoming more and more driven into treason, which every country considers a despicable act,” the envoy said.
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According to Antonov, US authorities have completely cut off personal contact with employees of the Russian Embassy in Washington. However, the Russian Embassy in Washington continues its normal diplomatic operations. The CIA and FBI have so far declined to comment, and the US State Department could not be reached for comment on the matter.
Russia has been attacking Ukraine militarily since February 24. The United States is supporting Ukraine with massive military aid. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced new arms aid during their visit to Kyiv in late April. Since the start of the war, several countries have expelled Russian diplomats accused of espionage, including Germany. In return, Russia then expelled the diplomatic representatives of the respective states.