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U.S. Ambassador to Russia summoned to Foreign Ministry over warning of protest actions

The dissatisfaction of Russian diplomats was caused by the warning by the American embassy of citizens about the planned actions in support of Navalny

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the US Ambassador to the country, John Sullivan, and protested him over warnings about the January 23 protest actions. This was reported on the air "First channel" official representative of the Russian department Maria Zakharova.

The dissatisfaction of Russian diplomats was caused by the warning by the American embassy of citizens about the planned actions in support of Navalny. It indicated the plans of the organizers of the protests in 12 cities, including Moscow. The text noted that the rallies were not permitted by the authorities and encouraged US citizens to avoid demonstrations or related events.

The embassy recommended that Americans avoid crowds, demonstrations and venues, warn their loved ones about the possible danger, and carry a passport with a Russian visa. On January 23, the publications were criticized by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova.U.S. Ambassador to Russia summoned to Foreign Ministry over warning of protest actions She called it "interference in internal affairs". "I wonder how the American authorities would behave if the Russian embassy in Washington would allow such a thing.", – she said "Izvestia".

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov held a conversation with Sullivan, during which he “pointed out the need for strict observance of the laws of the Russian Federation.” Whether this conversation was only about warnings about shares or about the comments of the US Department of State about the shares, which were later posted on social networks, is not specified..

On January 23, more than 100,000 people throughout the country took part in protests in support of the arrested opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s headquarters say about 250 thousand participants. About 3.5 thousand were detained – this is a record figure in the entire Russian recent history.

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