Ministry reports US spy agencies' latest attempt to recruit Russian worker was on Jan 14Russian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 21:57
Austria’s president-elect says he is ready to maintain good relations with RussiaWorld January 18, 21:50
Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefireRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:39
Putin, Merkel, Hollande agree to give fresh impetus to Normandy Four activitiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:26
Russian Eurobonds may be floated in spring 2017 — finance ministerBusiness & Economy January 18, 19:48
Russia, Turkey report 14 ceasefire breaches in Syria per dayWorld January 18, 19:17
Analyst believes removal of sanctions can be political bargaining chip with RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 18:45
Arctic Forum’s task is to change perception of region as source of raw material — officialBusiness & Economy January 18, 18:28
OPEC revises Russia’s oil production outlook downward by 110,000 bpd in 2017Business & Economy January 18, 18:20
WASHINGTON, March 30 (Itar-Tass) — The U.S. State Department provided evasive comments on Thursday to suggestions by Ambassador Michael McFaul to Russia that his phone might be bugged and e-mails hacked.
State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told a regular briefing McFaul was “simply asking a rhetorical question.”
The U.S. ambassador asked on Twitter how Russian media, and in particular, the NTV commercial channel, comes to know his schedule.
"Everywhere I go NTV is there. Wonder who gives them my calendar? Wonder what the laws are here for such things?" McFaul said.
"I respect press right to go anywhere and ask any question. But do they have a right to read my email and listen to my phone?" McFaul tweeted. "When I asked these 'reporters' how they knew my schedule, I got no answer."
Asked whether McFaul was addressing journalists or the Russian government, Toner said: “A rhetorical question is not directed at anyone.”
However pressed by reporters he said “I will take the question as to whether we have raised our concerns about whether this is in violation of his (McFaul’s) personal rights or his Vienna Convention rights with the Russian Government.”