Rus­sia protests to US over con­sulate flags

The Korea Times - - WORLD - MOSCOW (AFP)

— Rus­sia’s for­eign min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov on Thurs­day com­plained to his U.S. coun­ter­part about the “un­ac­cept­able” re­moval of Rus­sian flags from two of its closed diplo­matic mis­sions in the United States.

In a tele­phone call, Lavrov told Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son that the move went against ef­forts to re­pair ties be­tween the two coun­tries, which have be­come in­creas­ingly strained.

Lavrov said the “ar­bi­trary ac­tion by U.S. of­fi­cials di­rectly con­tra­dicts Wash­ing­ton’s state­ments... about its in­ten­tions to nor­mal­ize bi­lat­eral re­la­tions which have fallen to an un­prece­dented level,” a Rus­sian for­eign min­istry state­ment said.

Min­istry spokes­woman Maria Zakharova ear­lier told re­porters that Rus­sian flags had been “torn down” from the build­ings of the gen­eral con­sulate in San Fran­cisco and Rus­sia’s trade mis­sion in Wash­ing­ton.

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