On the morning of January 20, the Russian Embassy in the US announced that the US had cut off the telephone lines at the country’s consulate in New York on January 18 due to technical problems.
|Consulate of Russia in New York.|
Before that, the Russian Embassy in the US sent a document to the US State Department asking to resolve the disconnection of the line of communication at the above diplomatic office.
Russian diplomats rated this incident as unacceptable and very serious, hindering the Consulate’s activities. Even the Russian Consulate General in the US emphasized that such a situation never arises.
Previously, the Russian Embassy in the US also warned visitors to the Russian consulate in New York about the problem and said the Internet connection was also interrupted.
Verizon’s director of telephone services for the Russian Consulate in New York, Mr. Chris Seriko said that the company knew about the incident and was working to fix it but did not disclose the specific cause. .
The latest situation happening at the Russian consulate in the US could prolong tensions between the two countries in the context that the President Joe Biden administration does not have a positive view with the Russian government.
At the end of December 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he was not too confident in the positive development in US-Russia relations.
“Talking about the leadership change in America and that it will be more difficult for us, I don’t think so. Things will not change” – President Putin said.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also said that there would be “nothing positive” in relations between Moscow and Washington at the period when the new government took over.
Even more noteworthy is that in the Biden administration has just appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Victoria Nuland – a veteran in relations with Russia who has quite extreme views with the Putin administration.
Ms. Nuland has worked for more than 30 years in the State Department, is the main official of the Russian Federation and the former Soviet Union countries and notably Victoria Nuland is very fluent in Russian.
US-Russia relations under Mr. Biden may deteriorate because Nuland is an active figure supporting former US President Barack Obama’s policy in relations with Russia and Ukraine. She recommended that the next US President impose new sanctions and create a global front to curb Moscow’s “aggressive act of aggression”.
It is also important to remember that tensions regarding the Russian consulate in the US and the expulsion of diplomats have occurred under the Trump administration after the US blamed Russia for the use of the Novichok poison. Sergei Skripal double spy in the UK in March 2018.
Until the end of December 2020, the US State Department continued to have tense moves. The ministry said it would close the consulate in the city of Vladivostok and temporarily suspend its consulate in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
“The reorganization of our personnel at the US Embassy in Moscow will help advance our foreign policy interests in Russia in the most effective and safe way possible,” said the US State Department.