Russian Police Officer Attacks U.S. Diplomat While Walking Into U.S. Embassy

The United States last month expelled two Russian diplomats as a response to a Russian police guard tackling a U.S. diplomat outside the American Embassy in Moscow, the State Department said Friday.

On June 6, a Russian police officer attacked a U.S. diplomat as he entered the U.S. embassy. The entire event was captured on security footage and broadcast on Russian television last week.

The United States said the diplomat flashed a identification badge before he was assaulted. The diplomat suffered a broken shoulder in the fight.

A U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter, said that American authorities examined “a number of videos” taken from different perspectives, which “clearly show attempts to show his ID, and that he was instantly attacked.”

Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, called it an unprovoked attack of “an American spy on a Russian policeman.” She said the police officer on duty merely wanted to check his documents but was himself assaulted when the man struck him in the face with his elbow.

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