Moscow slams growing US 'pressure' on its diplomats

Relations between Washington and Moscow have dived close to Cold War levels notably following the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine while neither country sees eye to eye on how to resolve the war in SyriaRussia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday blasted what it termed “pressure” on its US-based diplomats by US intelligence, which it accused of increasingly numerous “recruitment attempts” on Moscow’s diplomatic staff. “The situation surrounding Russian diplomats in the United States is getting worse all the time,” deputy foreign minister Sergei Riabkov said. Riabkov also accused Washington of carrying out “intense espionage activities” in Russia under diplomatic cover, saying the US military attache in Moscow was regularly seen in proximity to Russian strategic military sites.

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