Russia says US is ‘actively’ preparing to move US embassy from Moscow
Russia has accused the US of actively preparing to relocate its embassy in Moscow.
In a statement posted to its social media platform VK, the Russian government accused the Washington Post of fabricating a story about President Vladimir Putin’s decision to relocate the embassy to Moscow from Washington.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told the RIA news agency the US had made “no real effort to find out why it has moved the embassy”.
“The move was made to accommodate Washington’s demand for closer cooperation in the fight against the terrorist organisation Daesh [IS],” he said.
“The Americans, as the leaders of a bloc of NATO members, are very much aware of the danger posed by Daesh, and they are ready to make an effort to prevent it from continuing its activities in Russia.”
Moscow is the biggest recipient of US aid and has been accused of being a partner in the US war against the Islamic State group (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL).
The US has repeatedly accused Russia of being an “observer” of its activities, a claim Moscow has strongly denied.
Russia is the only NATO ally that remains neutral in the conflict, and it has also denied that it is assisting the US in its campaign against IS.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied that Moscow has carried out cyberattacks against Russia or interfered in the 2016 presidential election.US President Donald Trump, who has accused Moscow of interfering in the election and said that it was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, has said that Russia was behind a cyberattack on his campaign and that he is “very confident” that the alleged Russian cyberattacks were carried out by the Russian state.US officials have said that the cyberattack was aimed at helping Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election.