Antonov: US intelligence agencies have sharply stepped up their attempts to recruit Russian diplomats

WASHINGTON, March 31. /TASS/. US intelligence agencies sharply intensified in recent days, attempts recruitment approaches to Russian diplomats, first of all forced to leave American territory at Washington decision. This was confirmed on Friday at a meeting with journalists, the Russian Ambassador to the USA Anatoly Antonov.

“In recent days sharply intensified the special services of the USA in relation to the first leaving our comrades. We know about the us intelligence approaches that try to establish informal, this is a very delicately put, relationships with our diplomats, and in fact to force them to betray their country,” – said the Ambassador.

“I want to say that this is not isolated cases, – said Antonov. – I am compelled to report these cases are not unique to Moscow.”

March 26, Washington announced the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle. This decision also took a further 24 European countries, Australia, Georgia and Canada (a total of 63 people). NATO has reduced the Russian mission to the organization from 30 to 20 people, and the EU withdrew for consultation its Ambassador in Moscow. This example was followed by Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Slovakia (previously from UK sent on 23 diplomat, Russia’s response was the mirror).