Moscow calls US ‘anti-Rus­sian’ in elec­tion ob­server row

The Myanmar Times - - World -

MOSCOW es­ca­lated a row over its at­tempts to send ob­servers to the US pres­i­den­tial polls, ac­cus­ing Wash­ing­ton of be­ing “anti-Rus­sian”.

Moscow has said that it is try­ing to send its own ob­servers to var­i­ous US states to mon­i­tor the Novem­ber 8 vote, but has been re­fused ac­cred­i­ta­tion so far.

Deputy for­eign min­is­ter Sergei Ryabkov ac­cused US of­fi­cials of treat­ing the is­sue of ob­servers in an “ab­so­lutely anti-Rus­sian vein”.

“If we are de­prived of this for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, we will draw our own con­clu­sions,” he said.

“Our US col­leagues shouldn’t count on us sim­ply for­get­ting this in the fu­ture,” he said, ac­cus­ing them of “un­ac­cept­able state­ments”.

State Depart­ment spokesper­son John Kirby ac­cused Moscow of a “PR stunt” and de­nied any fed­eral pol­icy to refuse Rus­sian ob­servers.

He also pointed out that Rus­sia had opted not to join the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in Europe ob­server mis­sion. –

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