The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officers who work in Russian Embassy have a diplomatic status. Russian special services in the U.S. worked with the same documents. TASS, Russian news agency reported with a reference to Nikolay Kovalyov, the former Director of Russian FSB.
“Certainly (FSB official representatives have a diplomatic status, - ed.),” Kovalyov said, answering the relevant question.
“They serve as diplomats, introduce themselves officially, this is a usual practice for both sides,” Kovalyov added.
He also said that Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and American CIA have conducted successful operations together, which were controlled by the official representatives of these special services affiliated the embassies.
As we reported earlier, Sergei Skripal, ex-GRU officer, was poisoned in British Salisbury on March 4. The investigation confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.
Sue to this incident 60 Russian diplomats will be expelled from the USA. Donald Trump, U.S. President, ordered to shut down the Russian Consulate in Seattle. 27 states announced they were to expel 144 Russian diplomats as a reaction to the attack in Salisbury. Ukraine will also expel 13 Russian diplomats.
Russian called a massive expulsion of Russian diplomats a “rudeness” and promised to take reflecting measures.