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The ?occupation? of Russian diplomatic properties in the US is a ?blunt act of hostility,? the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that Washington is violating international law and the Vienna Convention by the move. The searches create a bad precedent to international diplomacy, the Greek official told RT.

Read more US raid of Russian diplomatic sites a ?parade of power to reassert claim for global dominion? Searches of the Russian premises began on Saturday, after the US State Department ordered the foreign ministry on August 31 to vacate the premises by September 2.

The FBI arrived in at least two vehicles to search the San Francisco Consulate.

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The minute the deadline expired, agents entered the Russian-owned diplomatic property, which in 2016 alone issued more than 16,000 tourist visas to American citizens.

Russian diplomats have posted photo and video evidence of the searches, which they call a “travesty of justice.”

“We regard the incident as a blunt act of hostility, a gross violation of international law by Washington, including the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations,” the ministry said in a statement  on Sunday. 

The ministry called upon the US “to come to their senses and immediately return Russian diplomatic compounds.”

“Otherwise, the US will be responsible for the continuing degradation of relations between our countries, which largely affect global stability and international security,” the statement continued.

The Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations forms the basis for diplomatic immunity and defines the framework of relation between countries.

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It states  that the premises of [any] mission “shall be inviolable” and the “agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.”

Moscow pointed out that all seized properties in New York, Washington, and San Francisco have diplomatic immunity.

“The US special services supported by armed police are now ‘hosting’ the occupied buildings,” the statement added.

US action creates ‘bad precedent’  “The US State Department is violating the Vienna Convention; this creates a bad precedent to international diplomacy,” Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, who served as a Greek ambassador in Canada in 2000-2004, told RT.

READ MORE: US raid of Russian diplomatic sites a ‘parade of power to reassert claim for global dominion’

US searches of Russian premises is “a collapse of the international diplomatic system by what the Americans and the US government are trying to do,” Chrysanthopoulos said.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza


“I can’t see the reason why it is happening. The relations between the US and Russia are not bad. Some people in the US are trying to make [these relations] bad.”

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This move “shoots any tendency to ameliorate diplomatic relations and ties” between Washington and Moscow, Chrysanthopoulos said, adding that it is “totally incomprehensible, very unfair and it’s not good for peace in this troubled world of today.”

According to Chrysanthopoulos, Moscow can raise the issue at the UN Security Council “as a violation of international law.”


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