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State Department claims incident in front of U.S. embassy in Moscow unprovoked

July 09, 9:01 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
"The Russian claim the policeman was protecting the embassy from an unidentified individual is simply untrue," U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said
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U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby

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WASHINGTON, July 9. /TASS/. The incident involving an American diplomat in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was not provoked by anything, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby claimed at a daily press briefing.

"On the 6th of June, an accredited U.S. diplomat, who identified himself in accordance with embassy protocols, entering the American embassy compound was attacked by a Russian policeman. The action was unprovoked and it endangered the safety of our employee," Kirby said.

"The Russian claim the policeman was protecting the embassy from an unidentified individual is simply untrue," the allegation said.

On July 6, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the U.S. media unfolded a campaign to make an enemy out of Russia. "A simple incident from the life of an ordinary CIA official was turned by our American colleagues into an attack by a Russian policeman on an inoffensive American diplomat. We have outlined all facts, everyone may make their own conclusions," she said.

Earlier she explained that in reality, overnight to June 6, a taxi drove over to the U.S. embassy compound, and an unknown man in a hat that closed his face ran out of it and ran to the entrance. The Russian policeman on duty there wanted to check the ID of the suspicious person to make sure he presents no threat to the diplomatic mission.

However, the man, instead of showing his ID, hit the police officer with an elbow in the face, pushed him out of the way and hid in the embassy, she said.

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