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Russia calls the detention and interrogation of a Russian deputy in the US “unacceptable”

October 7, 2019


The Russian Presidency has called this Monday “unacceptable” the detention and interrogation of a Russian deputy in the United States on Sunday, which was released after an hour withheld at the New York airport.

“It is quite alarming information that causes our deep concern. We consider similar actions unacceptable for a Russian deputy,” said Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov, according to Sputnik news agency.

The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoli Antonov, denounced on Sunday that the FBI questioned Deputy Inga Yumasheva for an hour, who had arrived in the country to participate in the Fort Ross dialogue forum.

“She was arrested at the New York airport, she was taken to a separate space and an FBI agent questioned her for an hour,” he said, before stressing that “they also proposed to meet with an FBI agent in an informal environment. to continue the conversation. ”

Thus, he said that Moscow considers these acts “outrageous and unacceptable” and confirmed that the Russian authorities “sent a protest note to the State Department.” “We hope you explain to us what that poll means about the Russian deputy,” he added.

“Unfortunately there are people who are not interested in stabilizing Russian-American relations in general, the Fort Ross Dialogue is only part, although very important, of Russian-American relations,” he said.

For his part, Yumasheva has refused to give details about what happened. “I have informed the Russian ambassador, Anatoli Antonov, of what happened, now our diplomats are dealing with the matter,” he settled on Sunday.