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US Embassy receives Russia’s note over restricted access for US election observation

November 08, 2016, 12:16 UTC+3

As the US diplomatic mission said, Russia's allegations that the American government is barring Moscow from observing the election are "simply unfounded"

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MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. The US Embassy in Moscow has received a note from Russia’s Foreign Ministry over the restricted access for Russian diplomats to observe elections in the United States, spokesperson for the US Embassy in Moscow Maria Olson said on Tuesday.

"We received an October 26 MFA dipnote about election observation," she said.

As the US diplomatic mission said, "Russian assertions that they the U.S. government is barring them from observing the elections are simply unfounded."

According to the US Embassy spokesperson, "the Russian Federation was invited to join the OSCE delegation, both the long-term and short-term observer groups."

"In addition, US-based Russian Embassy personnel, along with the U.S.-based Embassy personnel of all OSCE participating States, were invited to join the OSCE short-term observers. Russia has chosen not to participate," the spokesperson said.

As the US diplomat noted, Russia was also invited to join the OSCE’s parliamentary assembly observation mission but did not nominate anyone to participate.

"Some US states and localities accept direct requests for foreign country observation," Olson said.

"If Russia applied to specific state or local officials, it’s up to those officials to best determine the appropriate response to Russia’s request," the spokesperson said.

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