MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. Washington returned the flags, previously removed from the building of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco. On Wednesday, told journalists the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov.
“Yes, the flags were back, returned the files of the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco, the diplomat said, responding to a question. – However, all this is accompanied by a series of actions, which is unacceptable for us. We have repeatedly protested to the U.S. side. Part of the archives [were made] outrageous acts, thus violating their integrity”.
The diplomat also noted that flags are one of the top state symbols.
“And such treatment of them by the authorities of the receiving state only as a provocative to call it is impossible, – he stressed. Something that we gave them is a matter of course, different and could not be. But everything that preceded it, remains a matter of very sharp rejection and total rejection”.
“I would like in this connection to say that the constant provocative steps and techniques, which manages the American side in this sensitive area, suggests that the US is ready to ensure that their consular and diplomatic institutions is quite acceptable to a similar action, the Deputy Minister said. We do not resort to them, but international law allowed direct reciprocity, reflectivity, if the country is exposed to such kind of unacceptable and hostile acts. We warn the American side that such things are not forgotten”.
September 3, the US closed the trade representation of Russia in Washington and its branch in new York and demanded to curtail the activities of the Consulate General in San Francisco to vacate the residence of the Consul General in this city. The American authorities gave Moscow time to October 1 to ensure that the staff of the Consulate General in San Francisco were able to collect things. The U.S. administration believes that a diplomatic immunity with these objects removed. However, they are still the property of Russia, with the exception of the offices of the trade mission in new York, which was leased.
October 11, U.S. authorities have removed the Russian flags from the buildings of the Consulate General in San Francisco and the Russian trade representation in Washington. As reported, the Russian foreign Ministry, the American side was expressed a strong protest, Moscow demanded the immediate return of the flags in place.