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Moscow Threatens ‘Reciprocity’ Over Malfunctioning Phone Lines At New York Consulate

Moscow Threatens 'Reciprocity' Over Malfunctioning Phone Lines At New York Consulate
Russian consulate building in NYC at 11 East 91st St in Manhattan
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phone lines at the Russian Consulate in New York, demanding that the U.S. State Department reinstate service — prompting U.S. officials to redirect complaints to the phone company. 

The dustup began on Tuesday, when Russia’s foreign ministry announced that landlines at the consulate were down, and that cell phone and internet service had been interrupted. Moscow held the State Department accountable for the cutoffs, and complained via official diplomatic channels.

“With regard to the disconnection of telephone lines at the Russian Consulate General in New York, in addition to the request addressed by the Consulate itself to New York branch of the State Department, a diplomatic note was sent to the Department with a demand to promptly fix the existing problems that seriously impede the work of the foreign mission,” the foreign ministry said Jan. 19 in a statement…

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