Russia protested to the United States on Wednesday after it said Russian flags were being stolen from its consulate in San Francisco.
MOSCOW: Russia protested to the United States on Wednesday after it said Russian flags were being stolen from its consulate in San Francisco, a demand that Washington promptly disputed.
Russian staff left the consulate past thirty day period after Washington requested Moscow to vacate some of its diplomatic qualities, section of a sequence of tit-for-tat actions as relations sour amongst the two countries.
U.S. officers have since occupied administrative pieces of the compound. Russia said past week they had damaged into household areas and it threatened retaliation above what it called an illegal act.
“The most recent shameful celebration. In San Francisco (Russian) flags have been stolen from the making of @ConsulRussiaSF,” the Russian embassy to the United States said on its Russian-language Twitter account.
“We need the American authorities return our point out symbols,” it said alongside photographs of a bare flagpole on best of the consulate making.
The U.S. Point out Division provided a various account of gatherings.
“The flags at the former Russian consular qualities in San Francisco were being respectfully lowered and are safely saved in just every of the buildings,” a Point out Division official said in an email.
The Russian embassy in Washington was not promptly offered for remark.
Russian news companies cited the Russian embassy as declaring it had lodged a formal protest above the incident.
“A powerful protest was sent to the American facet in relation to Russian flags being torn down at our diplomatic qualities in San Francisco, which are under the handle of U.S. authorities,” Interfax news agency quoted the embassy as declaring in a statement.
“We take into account this as an really unfriendly move,” the embassy said.
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs in Moscow More reporting by Warren Strobel in Washington Enhancing by Peter Cooney)