Russia accuses US diplomats of opposing Navalny’s itinerary
The Foreign Ministry said the US embassy in Moscow would have to clarify on its website the visit to the opposition demonstrations held in Russia on Saturday in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Russian Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said on the web, “Yesterday (Friday) the US Embassy in Moscow published ‘routes of protest’ in various Russian cities and released information about ‘demonstrations towards the Kremlin’.” “Our American allies are going to come and explain,” he said.
He was referring to a warning posted on the embassy’s website asking US citizens not to attend Saturday’s demonstrations in Russia. In this text, American representation specifies which cities and streets on which rallies were planned.
For the Russian diplomat, it was about encouraging protesters.
In his opinion, if the Russian embassy in Washington had acted in this way, it would have led to “sanctions and expulsion threats of Russian diplomats”.
American diplomats did not immediately respond. On the other hand, a spokesman for the US embassy on Saturday condemned the hundreds of arrests of protesters during protests.
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