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Moscow to retaliate if its diplomats can’t visit Russians in US jails – ambassador

Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov noted that Americans really like the word “reciprocity”

NEW YORK, September 21. /TASS/. If Russian diplomats have trouble visiting Russians held in US prisons, similar difficulties will arise for the US, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov told reporters.

He made the statement after visiting Russian nationals in a US federal administrative detention facility in Brooklyn.

"Americans like the word ‘reciprocity’ very much," the ambassador said. "As soon as we have trouble visiting Russians in prisons, the same problems will arise for Americans in Moscow."

The ambassador visited Dmitry Ukrainsky, Anatoly Legkodymov and Vadim Konoshchenok, and spoke with them for about an hour each.

Ukrainsky is accused of stealing money from US nationals and then legalizing it in Thailand. Legkodymov is suspected of money laundering through a crypto exchange. Konoshchenok is accused of illegal purchases of electronics for the Russian defense industry.