It’s the Russian diplomats who are being pressured, not the other way around, the Foreign Ministry said, blasting a Washington Post article that claimed Russia harasses US diplomatic staff at home and all across Europe. “The Washington Post has published an article on alleged harassment of US diplomats in Russia and in other countries. But, on the contrary, the pressure is increasing on Russian diplomats,” Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said. According to the spokeswoman, Washington is “constantly coming up with new restrictions against our diplomats, who constantly face provocations from the FBI and the CIA.” She stressed that “unacceptable measures” are being applied against them, including “psychological pressure in the presence of their families.” “Instead of receiving our signal, identifying the problem and creating conditions to improve our relations, they (the US) flip everything upside down” by releasing the publication, she added. On Monday, the Washington Post published an article, entitled, “Russia is harassing US diplomats all over Europe.” The author of the piece claimed that instances of Russian pressure included breaking into the homes of American embassy staff, rearranging furniture there and even killing a family dog. Zakharova slammed the article by the US paper as a perfect example of “propaganda,” adding that it was “obviously played up.”
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Newsline: Russian diplomats harassed by US, not other way around