Russia thinks it inadmissible to use a menacing tone in respect of Russian diplomats in the United States as it needs no counseling about election monitoring, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on Tuesday.


Russian diplomat Sergei Ryabkov


“There were situations when our diplomats were approached with additional warnings in the style ‘don’t even dare to show up at polling stations,’ as though a note is not enough for us,” he said. “But we never planned to do that after such a note. We need no reminders, let alone the ones done in a menacing manner.”


On Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook account that FBI had exerted direct pressure on Russian diplomats to bar them from approaching polling stations at the presidential elections in the United States on November 8. Moreover, in her words, the US State Department has recommended Russian representatives not to approach polling stations and the authorities in a number of states have come even further and warned of criminal prosecution.