WASHINGTON, June 10. /TASS/. Detailed in the information field of the US campaign to discredit Russia affected the lives of the Russian Diaspora, diplomats from Russia raise this issue before the American authorities. On Sunday said Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.
Antonov stressed that the Embassy appreciates the desire “to be together with their historical Homeland and help its development.” Russian diplomatic mission in turn, he said, will be to provide full assistance to the work of Diaspora organizations, as well as support in the protection of the legitimate interests of natives of Russia.
In turn, the senior adviser of Department for work with compatriots abroad foreign Minister Alexei Luxurious read out the greeting of the state Secretary, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Grigory Karasin, who said that “the Russian compatriots in the United States represent one of the most numerous and active diasporas of the modern Russian world”. Deputy foreign Minister also called for “the unification, consolidation, solidarity and mutual assistance”.
However, he stressed that “at present, public organizations of Russian compatriots in many countries are subjected to open persecution and oppression”. “The most important thing in this situation is not to succumb to provocations and proud to defend their beliefs, to honor the memory of our ancestors, to preserve their national identity and independence”, – he concluded, assuring that the Ministry will continue to provide support to compatriots.
The Ambassador pointed out that the Russian diplomats in the United States need the help of compatriots in the fight against Russophobia and working with the leaders of public opinion in the United States.
“Our common goal is to counter the spread of Russophobia. We need your help,” he said.
“Interested in the fact that the Russian community in America has used its unique position – given your embeddedness in American life – to work with leaders of public opinion in order to restore an atmosphere of trust and understanding between the United States and Russia”, – continued the diplomat. In this regard, he proposed “to intensify efforts to promote among congressmen objective image” of the Russian Federation, “the explanation of the peace-loving policy of Russia and its willingness to build constructive and pragmatic relations”.
According to Antonov, the Russian side counts on the active participation of the Diaspora in the United States “the preservation and dissemination of information about the places of historical and cultural heritage of Russia in America”, including the commemoration of the victims of Russian and Soviet soldiers.”
In addition, the diplomat said that the Russian compatriots in the United States could actively work with American legislators to Congress, were taken less anti-Russian measures.
“I assume that you are a citizen of the United States of America, I believe that there’s people sitting here who love Homeland, I love Russia, respect, at least, to most of the decisions taken by the political leadership of our country,” he said.
“You citizens of [the United States]. You are entitled your voice, your influence – you have a lot to exert influence on the political life of your state,” he continued. According to Antonov, if countrymen will be “closed off”, work only for themselves, expecting that their state has in Congress decide to convey the message of the Russian-speaking Diaspora, focused on protecting the interests of Russia, to his colleagues in Washington, this will limit the work of the community in the United States in the political field.
According to him, meetings with other ambassadors, especially from CIS countries, he discusses the theme of Diaspora, the American politicians. “I with some envy look, as there are compatriots from Ukraine. They are actively working with the political structures of the United States, they are not afraid of their congressmen, senators, for whom they voted to move to the Capitol’s decisions were made against Russia,” he said. In addition, actively cooperate with legislators of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Diaspora, he added.