The state Department has denied access to the Consulate General in San Francisco, Antonov said

© Photo : account of the Russian foreign Ministry in TwitterЗдание of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco. Archive photoThe state Department has denied access to the Consulate General in San Francisco, Antonov said© Photo : account of the Russian foreign Ministry on Twitter

At the request of the Russian Embassy, which was sent in advance to the US state Department, to visit the Consulate General in San Francisco, was received unmotivated refusal, told reporters the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov.

«I (knew) I’m in San Francisco. Well why not see what’s going on in our building? The more that we say all the time that is Russian property. But we weren’t allowed. We stress that this remains the property of… And I believe that your visit to Russian ownership I do not paint any damage to security of the United States of America. Unfortunately, I refused, the official refusal,» he said.

On specifying question of journalists as American foreign Ministry explained the refusal, Antonov replied, «no explanations are lacking. But, in any case, I would still drive up to our property, would let not from within but from the external perimeter to see if everything was okay.»

Antonov on Wednesday arrived in California, where from November 29 to December 3, will hold meetings with the expert and business communities, and will examine Russian departmenst in San Francisco.

As reported earlier in the Russian Embassy in the United States, in the program «meetings with compatriots, expert and business circles, performances in universities, examination of the Russian diplomatic property in San Francisco, a visit to Fort Ross.»

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