The Russian consulate-general in New York City has been pressured to function with out phone connection for 2 days now, as dozens of landlines in its workplace had been minimize off concurrently, the diplomats have revealed.
Telephones on the consulate haven’t been ringing since Monday, the Russian mission mentioned in social media posts on Tuesday. It suggested these in want of its companies to make use of emails – however even then there is perhaps bother getting one’s message by means of, as there are additionally points with the web within the constructing.“We’re talking about not one, not two or three, but several dozen telephone lines, which were effectively cut off at the same time,” Consul Alexey Topolsky informed Rossiya 1 channel.The scenario is inflicting a whole lot of inconvenience to the members of Russian expat neighborhood in New York as they’re unable to reach the consulate and organize their conferences, Topolsky mentioned.
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The US facet has claimed that phone connection was off as a result of “some technical problems,” Topolsky mentioned, expressing hope that issues will return to how they need to be “soon.”While the reason for the “problems” was not instantly clear, suspicions have arose that the scenario could in some way be linked to the US-Russian diplomatic row.The outgoing Trump administration has beforehand focused the Russian diplomatic workers and property on a number of events, in a feud that paradoxically stemmed from the Russiagate-fueled conspiracies on the 2016 election meddling – the allegations meant to derail Donald Trump’s presidency.In late 2016, the outgoing Barack Obama administration kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from the US, which then triggered the same response from Russia and a series response of tit-for-tats.
In August 2017, the US State Department ordered the closure of Russia’s consulate-general in San Francisco and the Trade Representative in Washington. Despite remaining the property of Moscow, the constructing in San Francisco was searched by the US secret companies per week later, and the Russian flags had been taken down.The Kremlin strongly protested the “illegal” US actions. In March 2018, Russia’s consulate in Seattle was additionally shut down and 60 diplomats expelled in what the White House referred to as “the largest expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in United States history.” The pretext for it had been accusations that Russia ‘poisoned’ former double agent Sergei Skripal within the UK.2020 didn’t see any enhancements within the US-Russian relations both, with Washington notably deciding to close down US consulates within the Far Eastern metropolis of Vladivostok and within the Urals metropolis of Ekaterinburg, inflicting additional inconvenience to Russians and Americans alike.Following mutual expulsions and mounting pink tape, the “understaffed and overstretched” US Embassy in Moscow bemoaned the difficulties it’s been going through in a Washington Post article in December – solely to be reminded by the Russian diplomats that it was the US that began the continuing “visa war.”
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