Russia on Friday referred to as on the US embassy in Moscow to waive the diplomatic immunity of three of its employees, saying they had been suspected of stealing.
The announcement comes amid simmering tensions between Moscow and the West and days after NATO stripped eight members of the Russian mission to the alliance of their accreditation.
Russia’s international ministry mentioned it despatched a notice to the embassy with the request to “waive the diplomatic immunity of three employees of the US mission in order to prosecute them on criminal charges”.
It added that the three staff had been “stealing the personal items of a Russian citizen”.
In its assertion, the ministry mentioned that if their request was denied, the diplomats ought to “immediately” depart Russia.
Earlier on Friday, the press service of Moscow’s inside ministry advised the TASS information company that it obtained a grievance over a stolen backpack.
The ministry’s spokesman Vladimir Vasenin mentioned that servicemen of the US Marine Corps, aged 21 to 26, had been caught on CCTV footage.
He added that the incident resulted in injury value 15,000 rubles ($200).
A legal case has been launched over theft, prices that carry a most penalty of 5 years in jail.
A supply advised the Interfax information company that the incident occurred in a Moscow bar on September 18 and the US residents had been “inebriated”.
Tensions are excessive between Moscow and Washington over a spread of points, together with claims of meddling in US elections and Russia’s human rights report.
This 12 months Russia formally designated the United States an “unfriendly” state, barring its embassy from using Russian nationals.
In June, US President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in a high-profile summit at which they agreed it was important to maintain speaking regardless of the variations that divide them.
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