Russian ambassador to US says mission’s work ‘blockaded’

The working of the Russian embassy in Washington is “blockaded”, with its financial institution accounts closed and workers receiving threats, state information company RIA cited ambassador Anatoly Antonov as saying on Sunday.
“The embassy is in essence blockaded by US authorities entities. Accounts of our two consulates in Houston and New York have been closed by Financial institution of America,” Antonov was quoted as saying.
“We obtain threats each by telephone and letters come… Sooner or later even the exit from the embassy was blocked,” he added.
Russia and the US had been locked in a dispute over the dimensions and functioning of their respective diplomatic missions lengthy earlier than President Vladimir Putin launched what he calls his “particular navy operation” towards Ukraine on Feb. 24.
Since then, Russian embassies in Europe have additionally come beneath strain and greater than 300 Russian workers have been expelled from European capitals, prompting Moscow to kick out overseas diplomats in response.
The Russian ambassador to Poland instructed Reuters final week that the blocking of his embassy’s financial institution accounts final month may finally stop it from functioning, by which case Russia would halt the work of the Polish embassy in Moscow.
Western governments have imposed drastic sanctions towards Russia over its actions in Ukraine, prompting Moscow to accuse them of frenzied Russophobia.

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