Zakharova believes that the willingness of the United States to facilitate the opening of accounts in the new bank is connected with the desire to avoid trouble for the American diplomatic mission in Moscow. Bank of America blocked accounts of consulates in New York and Houston u003d”The Foreign Ministry announced the assistance of the State Department in the problem with the accounts of the Russian consulates” />
After the Bank of America closed the accounts of the Russian consulates general in the United States, the State Department promised to help open new ones in another bank, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing .
“The American Foreign Office, in order to avoid trouble for the US diplomatic mission in Moscow, promises to assist in opening new accounts of the consulates general in another bank,” — Zakharova said.
Zakharova expressed hope that the situation would be resolved and that Moscow “would not have to act on the principle of a mirror reaction.” At the same time, in her opinion, the blocking of accounts did not occur without a “direct order from the US State Department.”
Earlier, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said that Bank of America had closed the accounts of the Russian Consulates General in New York and Houston. According to him, the diplomatic mission is under “blockade by US government agencies.” In addition, embassy employees receive threats, for some time they were blocked from leaving the diplomatic mission.
Antonov also said that the Americans maintain contact with Russian diplomats only at the working level. It is difficult for the Russian side to fulfill any instructions from Moscow, even when it is necessary to convey some kind of message.
The Ambassador noted that he could call Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, but not the fact that she would want to answer.
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