Russia accuses Washington of leaking diplomats’ bank details on media

MOSCOW – Russia’s foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. officials of leaking confidential financial details of Russian diplomats working in the United States. The Russian ministry demands the US government to punish the officials involved in leaking the details.

According to the Russia’s foreign ministry, the leaked financial details included the banking behaviour by its embassy and diplomats currently working in America.

U.S. Media outlet Buzzfeed reported this week that American officials investigating the accusations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were studying records of financial transactions of Russian diplomats for investigation purposes.

“It’s obvious that this could not have happened without the knowledge of the authorities of that country (the United States),” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

“In other words, this intrusion on the sanctity of the accounts of the embassy and its staff, who have diplomatic immunity, is the work of Washington officialdom.”

The statement said that the leaked transactions information contained nothing except daily routine’s payments.

“Once again we have to note that Washington is not ensuring the appropriate conditions for the functioning of Russia’s diplomatic missions. The pressure on them continues and is growing,” said the ministry.

“We demand that the American authorities, at last, start implementing their own national laws and international obligations, immediately stop the unlawful distribution of confidential information …. and hold responsible those who are to blame, including those who hold relevant posts in the American state administration.”

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