Cape Times

Confiscate­d Russian flags put on display at embassy in Washington

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WASHINGTON: The Russian flags which were taken down from seized Russian diplomatic properties in the US have been displayed in the Russian Embassy in Washington.

The flags were displayed on Sunday during a reception devoted to the 210th anniversar­y of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Russian Embassy in the US confirmed in October that the Russian flags had been removed from Russian properties in San Francisco and Washington.

They were later returned to the Russian side.

In early September, Russian diplomats lost access to the buildings themselves as the US authoritie­s closed down the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco and trade missions in New York City and Washington.

US officials said the move came in response to Moscow’s decision in late July to reduce the number of US diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, the same number of diplomatic personnel Russia has in the US.

After Russian diplomatic staff had vacated the compounds, US security agents entered the premises in order to conduct searches.

Moscow said the actions of the US constitute­d a violation of internatio­nal law, including the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations. – Sputnik

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