Kremlin slams US for trying to recruit Russian embassy staff

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a joint news conference by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow, Russia February 18, 2022. Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via REUTERS

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LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Monday that attempts by the U.S. FBI and CIA to recruit embassy staff in Washington were unacceptable.

Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov told state media that embassy workers have been threatened with physical violence and are frequently harassed around the embassy for working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. or the Central Intelligence Agency.

“We share the concerns of the head of our diplomatic mission in the United States about the really rather brazen behavior of American intelligence agencies towards our citizens and employees of our mission,” the Kremlin spokesman said. , Dmitry Peskov.

“We consider this to be unacceptable.”

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Written by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kevin Liffey, William Maclean

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