The ambassador was interviewed at the Foreign Ministry, where he was demanded to comply with Russian laws and “generally accepted diplomatic norms.” Earlier, the US Embassy called on the authorities to release those detained at the protests on January 23
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested the US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan over the statements about the protests that took place in Russia, stated the official representative of the Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on the air of Channel One.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov held a conversation with the ambassador. During it, Sullivan was told “the need for strict observance of the laws of the Russian Federation and generally accepted diplomatic norms.”
Changes have been made to the text. Interfax reported that the ambassador had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry, but then canceled the message.
Zakharova also said that before the actions, the department noted “a very high activity of Internet giants, which, of course, are American.” They spread a large amount of fake information, says Zakharova. “Now we are dealing with these issues, and, of course, the posing of this very serious problem will be in the foreshortening of our work both with the Americans and at the sites of international organizations,” said the representative of the department.
On the evening of January 23, the U.S. Embassy posted on the website and in social networks, a statement about protest actions. The diplomatic mission said the United States strongly condemns “the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities across Russia.” The embassy also called on the Russian authorities to release all those “detained for exercising their universal rights” and immediately release Alexei Navalny. In addition, the embassy posted on its website information about the time and locations of uncoordinated protests in Russian cities. American citizens have been advised to avoid these locations as the actions may be unauthorized.