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Russian diplomats abroad are warned not to be outside alone — Lavrov

The Foreign Minister said Russian diplomats "are working and living in difficult conditions"

MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry is registering threats for diplomats in some countries and warns them to avoid getting about cities alone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Rossiya-24 television.

The minister said Russian diplomats "are working and living in difficult conditions."

"There are attacks, essentially terrorist attacks on our missions and on physical safety [of diplomats]," he said. "We now don’t recommend them to be out in the cities alone."

Lavrov said the ministry is ever more concerned about Russian nationals abroad.

"They come under regular physical attacks," he said. "I know this is under discussion in Western capitals and at meetings in Western embassies here [in Moscow]."

"We are told that serious concern is expressed at meetings of ambassadors of the European Union member countries about what is happening with manifestations of Russophobia in Europe - that this is wrong and hurts the image of the European Union," Lavrov continued. "I wouldn’t say ‘hurts’ but makes it look more like what it is."