Russian special services systematically put pressure on US diplomats in Russia and other European countries, as well as intimidate them.
According to The Washington Post, such complaints were voiced during the recent meeting of US ambassadors in Washington.
According to American diplomats, Russian special services use different methods of pressure: pursue them on their way home, watching their families, come without being invited to social events, and bribe journalists to write about them in a bad light.
Also cases of penetration in homes of diplomats at night were discussed during the meeting. Once in the house, the attackers rearrange the furniture, turn on the lights, and leave. One of the diplomats said in a secret memorandum that after such an invasion he found feces on his carpet. There were also reports of pierced tires on diplomats’ cars.
According to The Washington Post, most often such incidents happen in Moscow. The practice started a long ago: during the first term of Barack Obama’s as a president, security officers broke into the apartment of the American military attaché, and killed his dog, but cases risen dramatically after 2014.
The State Department has taken a number of measures in response to the actions of Russian special services. In particular, prior to sending to Europe, all American diplomats receive special training. In March, the Secretary of State John Kerry addressed to Vladimir Putin demanding to put an end to the intimidation of diplomats, however, the attacks did not stop.
The official representative of the Russian Embassy in Washington, acknowledged that U.S. diplomats face specific problems in Russia. However, he said that Russia “has never acted proactively to negatively affect U.S. diplomats in any way.” According to him, the problems caused by the deterioration in US-Russian relations, which is not Russia’s fault.
“In diplomatic practice there is always the principle of reciprocity,” The Washington Post quotes the official statement. “The policy of sanctions and attempts to isolate Russia, had a negative affect on the functioning of diplomatic missions, both in U.S. and Russia.”