US has Too Many Spies in Moscow, Russian Diplomat Says

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US has Too Many Spies in Moscow, Russian Diplomat Says

“Even hinting at possible steps toward cooperation between our countries is currently seen in the U.S. as political suicide,” one Russian senator commented.

Russia has accused the United States of having too many spies operating within its diplomatic offices, and of refusing to cooperate on diplomatic issues.

“There are too many employees of the CIA and the Pentagon’s espionage unit working under the roof of the American diplomatic mission whose activity does not correspond at all with their status,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova said on Friday according to TASS.

Zakharova also has said that Russia is considering expelling a number of these employees, and significantly reducing the number of U.S. officials working in Moscow.

“The number of personnel at the U.S. embassy in Moscow significantly exceeds the number of our personnel working in Washington. So, one of the options is that, apart from expelling the corresponding number of U.S. diplomats, we will just have to even the number of personnel,” she said.

The warning is partially a response in retaliation to the United States’ expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in Washington last year, who were kicked out at the same time two Russian diplomatic compounds were seized by the Obama administration.

The U.S. justified the move accusing Russia of interfering in electoral processes, something which Russian officials have denied.

Russia has been increasingly frustrated with the U.S.’s refusal to give back the compounds, and allow Russia to replace the expelled diplomats.

If the issue is not resolved, Zakharova said Russia will be forced to take “reciprocal measures.”

“Everything depends on the reaction of the U.S. side, its concrete actions, and on the results of the consultations which will now take place in Washington,” she added.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russia rejected the idea of linking the dispute to other political issues.

However, Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev criticized the “cynical” approach the U.S. was taking toward diplomacy and dialogue.

“Even hinting at possible steps toward cooperation between our countries is currently seen in the U.S. as political suicide,” he said.

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9 Responses to "US has Too Many Spies in Moscow, Russian Diplomat Says"

  1. Andrew_Bukanov(Russia)  July 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

    To grab all those “diplomatic yankees” and put them all at a modern “Mayflower” to send ’em back to “the most democratic country”. It is emotion to injustice. But the moral aspect says – let us make a better decision. Alas…. With the USA it doesn’t work and has no sense…. Strange people we have to deal with… dwelling at the other corner of the Atlantic pool. To leave the idiots and go away or to beat their faces. That’s the question.

  2. Amelius  July 16, 2017 at 7:37 am

    “…steps toward cooperation between our countries is currently seen in the U.S. as political suicide,” he said.”

    Well, not cooperating is not working and war between the two countries would be actual suicide. The world will not move forward without Russia, nor should it expect to, so the US had better start finding areas to cooperate. Those warmongers in the USG who make this cooperation between the two nations impossible need to be removed from power, because they are the enemies of progress and humanity itself.

  3. Garry Compton  July 15, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I actually got hired by Lockheed Martin to work in the Russian Embassy in 2009 but the USG wouldn’t give me a secret clearance in order to work there. I’m a Nam vet – no criminal record, wasn’t blogging on the internet – but I had been in Ukraine the year before and worked. The Embassy in Moscow and Ukraine as well as other countries I suspect as being total CIA offices with some nationals doing all the real embassy paperwork.The Embassies in both Moscow and Beijing are huge with thousands of CIA rats crawling around their countries . Only a stupid government would let this happen.

  4. davor  July 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    US can have 50 thousand spies in Moscow and throughout Russia it still wouldn’t help them change the perception of the Russian people. Strobe Talbot and the rest of the target-Russia contact group will still remain in the intellectual dark no matter how many spies they send in or how many media sources they purchase. For all I know Hillary said it herself the best something like ‘I have seen the Russians they have an english based channel now, I have seen’ that sums it up nicely the intellectual level of US officials and clandestine community.

  5. Cold Wind  July 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Ha! Maria Zakharova is very clever.

    • Harry Haller  July 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      If Ms.Zakharova were on US television, I’d watch. Is that a new hair-do? Her fans want to know. What a charming contenance on such a handsome woman.

    • MileHighLife  July 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Mommy, er, Mother Russia!

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 16, 2017 at 12:13 am

      Not someone that most American men would kick out of bed for eating crackers. Smart too! 😉

    • Harry Haller  July 16, 2017 at 5:37 am

      The Russians can package and play the information game too. Plus you can turn the sound back on instead of hitting the mute button as with CNN..

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