Russian Embassy sends note to State Department after article on Taliban

The Russian embassy in Washington transmitted to the law enforcement agencies of the United States and the State Department data on threats that are spread on social networks.

“This is not the first time we have received threats. But now – we have a serious problem. After the false accusations were published in the press, calls appeared on the social networks to” settle accounts with the Russians, “Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in response to journalists’ questions on Facebook.

The head of the diplomatic mission noted that many Americans are overwhelming with negative emotions, especially against the backdrop of the difficult socio-economic situation in the country.

“Not many people have enough reason to realize the far-fetched and provocative nature of the obviously staged Russophobic campaign,” the ambassador added.

He expressed the hope that Washington will fulfill its obligations to protect diplomatic institutions.

“We, of course, passed all the information on this to the US law enforcement agencies. We sent a note to the State Department with a request to conduct an investigation,” the diplomat emphasized.

Last week, the New York Times, citing anonymous U.S. intelligence officials, wrote that Russian military intelligence allegedly offered to pay Taliban-related militants for attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan.

The publication did not provide any evidence.
After being published, Russian diplomats began to receive threats in Washington. The embassy demanded that the authorities adequately respond to them.

US President Donald Trump called the NYT article an order.