US intel trying to get in contact with expelled Russian diplomats, says Foreign Ministry

US intel trying to get in contact with expelled Russian diplomats, says Foreign Ministry

The United States’ intelligence services are trying to get in contact with Russian diplomats who have been expelled from the United States with no serious grounds for that, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday, TASS reports.

"We observe a dramatic increase in provocative actions against Russian diplomats in the United States," the ministry said. "In the recent days, following the decision on the ungrounded expulsion of 60 employees of Russian diplomatic missions in that country, the US intelligence services are taking frenzied efforts to get in contact with them."

The Russian Foreign Ministry drew attention to a series of episodes when Washington was attempting to "offer ‘assistance’ for covert relations ‘on the mutually beneficial basis’" to those it was forcing to cut short their missions.

"The United States has obviously decided to put through a combination: the official authorities expel Russian diplomats for no good reason and the US intelligence services, which have been acting more and more aggressively, are rushing to use this difficult moment for our nationals," the ministry said. "These obvious plans are failing but such conduct is cynical and loathsome as though Washington no longer sees the bounds of elementary decency."

"We take note of each of such cases and make conclusions," the ministry stressed.

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