We are talking about the buildings of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco and the Russian Trade Representation in Washington, as well as the premises of the commercial mission in New York. At the beginning of September 2017, the US State Department demanded that these buildings be transferred to the American authorities. Since then, access to the premises for employees of the Russian diplomatic mission has been closed. This was a response to the proposal of the Russian authorities to Washington to reduce the number of diplomats.
Ryabkov said that since then there have been no shifts in this situation. The rights of Russia to diplomatic property during this time have not been restored. Russian diplomats periodically send protest notes to the American side, but standard answers follow.
The lawsuit is in preparation, we have not given up on this intention. I think that all this will happen next year.
- said the deputy foreign minister.
He emphasized that there are no difficulties in preparing the lawsuit, however, Russia takes the collection of evidence very seriously and carefully prepares the evidence base.
A lawsuit in the States, Ryabkov noted, is a very responsible matter, especially in the current conditions, given the situation that has developed in the United States around Russia.