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US violated international law over Russian diplomatic missions, Moscow tells Washington

RT | August 17, 2018

Washington has violated international law with respect to Russian diplomatic missions in the US, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a protest note filed to DC.

The ministry expressed “protest at the continued violation of international law by the US with regard to” Russian diplomatic missions and consulates in the US, according to a statement on its website.

The complaint concerns Russian diplomatic properties in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as in the states of Maryland and New York.Moscow said that the “negative consequences” undermine not only US-Russian relations, but also “the principles of the sovereignty of states and international cooperation.”

Moscow said that it has a right to take “additional countermeasures” against US diplomatic property on Russian soil if the US “continues violations” against its facilities.

In a separate statement, also released on Friday, the Foreign Ministry urged the UN Secretary-General to look into the matter. The relevant letter to Antonio Guterres was sent on May 18, the ministry said.

The diplomatic spat between Moscow and Washington dates back to December 2016, when on New Year’s Eve, the outgoing Obama administration expelled Russian diplomats and closed two Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland.

Russia did not immediately retaliate as the new Trump administration was taking office. However, the downward trend in US-Russia ties persisted and, in the summer of 2017, Washington slapped a new round of sanctions on Moscow, which retaliated by ordering the US diplomatic mission to downsize.

In response, the US took new hostile action, shutting the Russian Consulate-General in San Francisco, as well as the country’s trade missions in Washington and New York.

In May this year, US authorities removed the Russian flag from the diplomatic compound in Seattle. The Russian embassy condemned this “unacceptable treatment” of the national symbol.

August 17, 2018 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Russophobia | ,


  1. Of course. The USrael “entangling alliance” has no separate or joint concern for international law — except when hypocrites choose to invoke it for their own malign agendas and ends.

    Good luck on that May 18 “relevant letter” to Guterres….

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 17, 2018 | Reply

  2. The USA ‘Empire’ has clearly become arrogant about its wealth and military power and not only breaches laws such as those mentioned, but allows Israel to get away with criminal activities(Killing innocent Palestinian people and destroying their homes etc), committing acts of Piracy in the Mediterranean Sea, sinking American naval vessel, etc etc, It may be a good idea to recall the loss of wars against Korea, Vietnam and failure to subdue Afghanistan, and start acting with dignity in the modern World.

    I doubt that the rest of the World has much respect these days for the USA Government.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 17, 2018 | Reply

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