US U.S. denies breaking into Russian diplomatic apartments in San Francisco

23:20  03 october  2017
23:20  03 october  2017 Source:   Reuters

Moscow denies Ukraine's accusation that it left troops in Belarus

  Moscow denies Ukraine's accusation that it left troops in Belarus Russian troops that took part in war games in neighboring Belarus have returned to their bases, a Russian general said on Saturday. "As for units of Russian forces that took part in a mutual strategic military exercises 'Zapad 2017', they all returned to their permanent disposition," TASS news agency quoted Major-General Igor Konashenkov as saying. "Zapad" is the Russian word for "west".Konashenkov spoke after Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief Viktor Muzhenko said Russia had left troops behind after staging the war games despite promising not to.

The U . S . State Department denied Russian assertions on Tuesday that U . S . officials had broken into residences at the Russian consulate in San Francisco , saying security officers had merely checked to ensure the building had been vacated by a required deadline.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States seized control Saturday of three Russian diplomatic posts in the U . S . after confirming the Russians had complied The Foreign Ministry also posted video on Facebook that it said showed FBI agents inspecting the consulate general building in San Francisco .

An uniform United States Diplomatic Security Service officer is seen at the entrance of the closed Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco, California, U.S., October 3, 2017. © Stephen Lam/Reuters An uniform United States Diplomatic Security Service officer is seen at the entrance of the closed Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco, California, U.S., October 3, 2017.

The U.S. State Department denied Russian assertions on Tuesday that U.S. officials had broken into residences at the Russian consulate in San Francisco, saying security officers had merely checked to ensure the building had been vacated by a required deadline.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States had given Russian families living at the consulate an extended deadline of Oct. 1 to vacate the residences. The move was part of an ongoing spat between the two countries.

Nauert said State Department diplomatic security and representatives from the Foreign Missions Office then entered the area to "just walk through, look around. The purpose of that is to make sure that people are no longer living there." (Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Washington Newsroom)

Russia's Lavrov to Tillerson: Moscow readies lawsuits over seized property .
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday that Russia was preparing lawsuits to reclaim what Moscow says was illegally seized property in the United States, Russia's foreign ministry said.Lavrov, in a telephone conversation with Tillerson, also said the actions of the U.S. authorities who ordered to remove Russian flags from its seized diplomatic buildings in the United States were inadmissible, it said.

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