Russian diplomats insist on the immediate access of consular staff to detained Vnesheconombank deputy representative Yevgeny Buryakov and his immediate release from custody. They also think that this arrest is another step in the anti-Russian campaign held by Washington.
"We demand that provocations against Russian representatives started by U.S. security services stop, that consular workers have immediate access to Yevgeny Buryakov, that the rights of the Russian citizen be strictly observed and his release from custody be ordered," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a commentary.
Buryakov, a deputy representative of Vnesheconombank to the United States, has been apprehended and accused of collecting "intelligence" together with two former employees of Russian diplomatic missions in New York. There is no evidence supporting these accusations, the commentary said.
"There is an impression that U.S. authorities are once again resorting to their beloved practice of spy games. Russian-U.S. relations have been complicated for a long time due to the hostile attitude of Washington. It seems the U.S. sticks to "the worse the better" principle and has decided to have launch a new stage in its anti-Russian campaign," the commentary emphasized.
"Consequences of such actions which aggravate the bilateral atmosphere and undermine bilateral interaction prospects shall rest upon conscience of their initiators," Lukashevich said.
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