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