Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is a statement said, “American diplomat, who, under the pretext of caring about the rights of the citizens of Bangladesh was persistently trying to influence the domestic processes in the country”.
She further said, “We believe that such actions that violate the basic principles of non-interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign states are unacceptable”.
Here is the full text of statement from Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova:
We have noted the widely publicized incident with the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, whose security was allegedly threatened by activists from a local public organization who were against his meeting with the family of a supporter of an opposition political party on December 14, 2022 in Dhaka. In 2013, the supporter went missing.
This incident is an expected result of the activity of the American diplomat, who, under the pretext of caring about the rights of the citizens of Bangladesh was persistently trying to influence the domestic processes in the country. As of late, his colleagues from the British and German diplomatic missions have been engaged in the same cause and have allowed themselves to openly give recommendations to the local authorities regarding transparency and inclusiveness in the parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.
We believe that such actions that violate the basic principles of non-interference in the domestic affairs of sovereign states are unacceptable.
If anybody wants to ask: How about the terms “diplomat, immunity, embassy, security”? We always urge these things in accordance with international law and the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations. True, these are the basic principles. We urge the US, the United Kingdom and other countries to care about and comment not only on cases of their own security, but also to support their colleagues when the countries and their representatives, including at international organizations, raise questions about the security of their embassies and consular facilities. They do not want to see or hear that terrorist attacks are being committed against embassies, consulates general, representatives of official governmental bodies, or that they receive threats. They do not care about this. At best, they remain silent and at worst, they justify those who do this. When international terrorists committed a series of attacks against our embassy in Syria, we urged the Americans to respond to this through the UN Security Council. Everything was obvious. There can be no political justification for an unwillingness to publicly take a stand and use the common voice of the Security Council. Washington did not support our proposal on the council taking a clear stance on the protection of diplomats and condemning terrorist attacks at embassies and against diplomats. There cannot be any double standards, only a joint consolidated position.