Moscow Furious Over US Plan To Search Russia Trade Mission, Calls It "Unprecedented Aggressive Action”

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday, the San Francisco fire department scrambled a team of firefighters to the city's Russian consulate (scheduled to be vacated today in the latest tit-for-tat diplomatic escalation between the US and Russia) following reports of "blowing smoke" emerging from the building, only to learn that the Russians were engaged in what appears to have been some last minute confidential document "redaction."

Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, explained that the smoke was part of a “mothballing” according to Reuters.

“In relation to this, the windows could be closed, the light could be turned off, the water could be drained out, the heating appliances could be turned off, the garbage could be thrown away, essential services could be turned off and many other things."

Of course, what was really going on was 11th hour document destruction (albeit the old-fashioned way, one not involving a hammer, blackberries, and thousands of deleted emails) and as subsequent events have showed, the Russians had reason to be paranoid: on Saturday, the US unveiled its intention to search the soon to be vacant Russian trade mission in Washington, a move which has infuriated Moscow, prompting Russia to summon the deputy chief of mission of the US Embassy in Moscow to lodge a note of protest over the planned search.

Anthony F. Godfrey was summoned to the ministry on Saturday, it said in a statement, adding that Russian diplomats have been denied access to the trade mission building despite it being owned by Russia and protected by diplomatic immunity. 

The ministry called the planned “illegal inspection” of Russian diplomatic housing an “unprecedented aggressive action”, which could be used by the U.S. special services for “anti-Russian provocations” by the way of “planting compromised items”.

“We consider the planned illegal search of Russian diplomatic premises in the absence of Russian officials and the threat we have received to break down the door of the building as an aggressive action, which the US intelligence service may use to orchestrate an anti-Russian provocation by planting compromising items."

Moscow has called on Washington to stop violating international law and refrain from compromising the immunity of Russian missions in the country. Otherwise, retaliation may follow, the ministry warned. On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the FBI was planning to search the general consulate premises, including homes of the diplomatic staff, which would violate diplomatic immunity.

Former US diplomats, questioned the reasons behind the searches, saying it will only lead to a further escalation of tensions. The US authorities are highly unlikely to find “anything of interest” in the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, as there is probably nothing more than “confidential diplomatic materials,” which are supposed to be there anyway, said Ted Seay, a former US diplomat.

“What are our people going to do in your ambassador’s apartments or in the consulate in San Francisco? Look for illegal recipes for borsch? Of course, you have to respond and to go into our consulate in St. Petersburg – looking for what? Perhaps, for too many copies of Doctor Zhivago in the embassy’s library?” John Graham, former US ambassador to Libya, said.

“This foolishness happens [but] it happens usually at the lower levels,” he added. Meanwhile, Seay warned that “things are already too tense between the two countries” and both sides should proceed with “great care. To me, that means again that anyone who is actually planning to raid diplomatic premises in San Francisco, has lost their mind,” the former US diplomat said.

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nmewn's picture

Ya nooowah! BleachBit doesn't produce visible dark smoke!

Jus sayin ;-)

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Russia really should just break off diplomatic relations. What's the point of continuing this charade?

PT's picture

Yep.  Do it, Russkies.  We won't hold it against you.  MSM and a few politicians will cry about it but we don't listen to them so you don't have to either.

PT's picture

Dear Russkies

While you're burning all your spy notes, please leave a few tantalizing "clues" just to mess with them - eg.  "... and our secret code is ..." <only part of the piece of paper that has not been reduced to ash>

"Please refer to pages 65 to 78450 for our evidence on PizzaGate.  We shall ..." <rest of piece of paper burnt to nothing, left to be found in a large pile of ash>

You know - that kind of thing.

Perimetr's picture

So after Russia responds by searching the US embassy in Moscow

and the US breaks off diplomatic relations

what happens when the next false alert of the early warning systems occurs?


The US action is essentially one step up from economic sanctions, 

but technically both are acts of war.

However, this really is over the top . . . 

the neocons are just dying to start World War 3

so we can all die together

Bastiat's picture

This is outrageous--if Trump doesn't stop it, he is powerless or a lunatic.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Yeah, lets not search the Israeli embassy where there probably ARE bombs... And lets search the Russian Embassy and then plant bombs there!

"We found bombs in the Russian embassy!"

07564111's picture

Yep, and that's what this is all about.

Bibi can't get his own way. He lost in the UN when haley didn't get the extension of powers for the UN to search private homes in Lebanon and again when he threatened to attack Damascus and was told what will happen if he was stupid.

They'll go right to the end defeat Russia.

BennyBoy's picture


Russia should "inspect" the US embassy in Moscow.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Actually, the Russian response should be targeted at the US consulate in Yekaterinburg. In addition to being the command center of US efforts to subvert Russia, it's also the main recruitment center and point of contact for Russian Fifth Column elements.

Give them the same deal - 48 hours to get out - and announce it on a Friday night just to make things more complicated for the American den of snakes there.

The central planners's picture

Make it 24 and announce it thursday to friday.

y3maxx's picture

The closer the judicial gets to exposing the Dem's corruption...the more the CIA will instigate WW 3.


TheReplacement's picture

Expect them to search and find (plant) evidence of Russian involvement in anything from antifa to walnut sauce import/export business.

At least half of Americans are so retarded that they still think Russia is a communist country.  The other half think Russia bombed Pearl Harbor on 9/11 all the way from Iraq.

JamesBond's picture

Shut the fuck up Putin.  American citizens have this done to us daily and they keep any shit they find that they want.



07564111's picture

I think it may not be a false alert.

Georgiabelle's picture

I still think this is not a tit-for-tat retaliation for Russia closing our embassies and consulates in their country. That makes no sense. This is a response to something far more serious that Russia has done. 

07564111's picture

No, this is the beginning of the end for the USA.

Georgiabelle's picture

Don't count on it. We have similar capabilities and won't hesitate to use them after what you have done. 

divingengineer's picture

Give it one month and we'll see who's laughing then.
Cheers, comrade!

peddling-fiction's picture

Your use of the term "comrade" highlights your ignorance and indoctrination.

Sounds like Blue Lodge porch mason fumbling.

Volkodav's picture

       who is this we you imagine?  ever listen to yourself?

       cuchka derganaya

Mr Hankey's picture

I keep hoping somebody 'll speed things up a bit!: -)

Mr Hankey's picture

I keep hoping somebody 'll speed things up a bit!: -)

Volkodav's picture

     wrong   learn facts before post ignorant



Georgiabelle's picture

You might want to learn English before you post. Your accent is showing. 

07564111's picture

you should learn to run, you just might need to move in a hurry. ;)

Georgiabelle's picture

Shouldn't you be packing instead of posting on Zerohedge?

07564111's picture

what's up langley shill ? bad day at at office ? just realising how fucked you are ? ;)

Georgiabelle's picture

I despise the deep state and definitely do not work for them or support them. But what you did is unforgivable and I hope will not go unanswered. 

07564111's picture

you're delusional ;) don't pindotards take pills for that ? :D :D :D

Georgiabelle's picture

Are you threatening me personally, or just admitting that you have another hurricane ready to unleash? 

07564111's picture

LoL, back in ya sandbox junior pindotard, this is only for grownups.

Georgiabelle's picture

Not interested in how an everyday John Doe citizen knows what you did?

07564111's picture

ok, I'll play ;) what did we do ? :D

subversion's picture

Some child has a lot of time on their hands to be trolling here. Throwing out empty words like Antifa does. So I have two questions...

1. What did they do all knowing wise one?

2. How comfy is it in your parents basement?

divingengineer's picture

Why would a troll try to assume a Russian persona?
Showmanship? Fantasy?

Georgiabelle's picture

I'm the troll? You've been here for 44 weeks and 1 day, which is basically since Trump won the election. I've been here for 6 years, 32 weeks. 

My parents both passed away in 2003. They were in their late 70s. Do the math, genius. 



TheReplacement's picture

Dear Troll,

Answer the question.  What did they do?

Extra credit will be given if you can expand upon that and explain how they did it with evidence to substantiate the claim.

Volkodav's picture

.     ya ne paneemau

      pa ruski?

Georgiabelle's picture

Downvoted by all the Russian trolls. Touched a nerve, didn't I?

Walken's picture

"Russian trolls"? WAPO and NYT are that way ==->

silverer's picture

And of course, the US government keeps it all secret from the people that pay for it all? Hmm...