US diplomats removed from train near Russian nuke accident site

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Russia removed three U.S. diplomats from a train near the site of a mysterious military testing accident on Monday because they did not have special permits to be in the area, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Russia's state nuclear agency, Rosatom, has acknowledged that five of its nuclear workers were killed in an Aug. 8 explosion during a rocket engine test near the White Sea in far northern Russia.

Interfax cited a source as saying that the U.S. diplomats had been let go, but are regarded to have broken Russian law.

The spy games continue...

Wonder if these people will be forced to leave the country now, isn't that the usual procedure for diplomats violating laws of a host country? Presumably the US would then expel Russian diplomats too, tit for tat.
 
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The spy games continue...

Wonder if these people will be forced to leave the country now, isn't that the usual procedure for diplomats violating laws of a host country? Presumably the US would then expel Russian diplomats too, tit for tat.

Are you sure they violated any laws?

"The U.S. diplomats were on an official business trip and had properly notified the Defence Ministry about their trip," Interfax quoted the spokeswoman of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Rebecca Ross, as saying.
 
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Are you sure they violated any laws?
I have no idea. It is certainly an interesting location choice for "official business trip" lol

Regardless, it is all at the discretion of the host country, isn't it. They can kick a foreign diplomat out for all kinds of reasons...

Just as the US has recently refused visas to Russian diplomats and officials for UN events in New York; and a Russian Duma (parliament) member was apparently briefly stopped and questioned by the FBI at the airport, while arriving to the US (she is close with Prigozhin, Putin's trolls, hackers and mercenaries guy lol)

Maybe this is a kind of payback for those above slights. Who knows...
 

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I would just assume that where they were stopped and removed from the train was not their final destination.
Very true. Russian authorities are bsing, I am sure. That's part of the aforementioned game though, unfortunately...