‘Absolute meddling’: Kremlin condemns US embassy’s help for unauthorized rallies, Foreign Ministry calls for clarification

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The US embassy in Moscow interfered in Russia’s affairs by backing anti-government rallies, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated, asking folks to think about the “discomfort” of Washington if Russian diplomats did the identical.

Statements coming from the US embassy relating to Saturday’s demonstrations in Russia have been “inappropriate,” Vladimir Putin’s press secretary advised TV channel Rossiya-1. “Of course, indirectly they represent absolute meddling into our domestic affairs,” he stated.With these publications, the American diplomats additionally confirmed their de facto “support for the violation of the Russian law,” for the reason that anti-government protests they spoke about have been unauthorized, Peskov identified.If our embassy would act the identical means throughout the riots within the US… it will, in all probability, trigger some sense of discomfort in Washington. So, I at all times wish to advocate our counterparts to challenge this case on themselves.In his additional feedback on the protests, the Kremlin spokesman stated that he revered all factors of view however was “absolutely against illegal rallies.” He additionally insisted that those that supported the federal government vastly outnumbered the opposition demonstrators.“Many will be saying now that a lot of people took part in illegal actions. No, just a few people took part in them, while many people vote for Putin… If you compare the numbers, you’ll understand how few people it actually is, though they’re also Russian citizens.”

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Activists backing opposition determine Alexey Navalny staged rallies in lots of cities throughout Russia on Saturday, regardless of Covid-19 restrictions. Tensions ran excessive throughout the protests, resulting in clashes with police and arrests.Navalny was jailed for parole violation on his return from Germany every week in the past, having been there recovering from an alleged poisoning in August. The opposition determine has blamed the Russian authorities for masterminding an assault in opposition to him, a declare constantly denied by the Kremlin.Amid the rallies on Saturday, the US embassy in Moscow wrote on Twitter that it supported the appropriate of all folks to a peaceable protest and that “the actions of the Russian authorities are aimed at suppressing those rights.”A day earlier than that, it additionally posted a discover on its web site, advising US residents within the nation to “avoid” the rallies on account of “possible dispersal of demonstrators.”The warning contained a listing of a dozen main cities with the places and the time of the demonstrations. For instance, it stated that within the capital Moscow the protesters would collect within the heart and “march towards the Kremlin.”

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on social media that the American diplomats must “explain themselves” relating to the statements.Similarly to Peskov, Zakharova requested her readers to “imagine what would’ve happened if the Russian Embassy in Washington published a map with protest routes and their final destination being the Capitol, for example.” Such actions would spark “hysteria from the US politicians” and threats to expel Russian diplomats, she insisted.Think your pals would have an interest? Share this story!