Russian ambassador overheard in DC restaurant complaining about lack of respect from US
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Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, was heard at Café Milano in Washington, DC, complaining of a lack of respect for his nation.
Antonov was pictured having dinner with former US envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Center for the National Interest CEO Dimitri Simes.
The three officials were said to have been engaged in a discussion about the conflict in Ukraine, according to the Politico reporter who took the photo.
Antonov reportedly expressed deep confusion over US support for Ukrainian resistance forces. The ambassador mentioned both the trend of neo-Nazism in the Ukrainian army and politics.
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“You have a lot of Jews in the United States. Why are they so tolerant of what is happening in Kyiv?” Antonov reportedly asked Khalilzad.
The ambassador reportedly told his dinner companions that Russia was not regarded enough internationally, adding that the country would like to see a gesture of respect from DC.
Politico’s underground reporting was scrutinized by Simes, who claimed the publication “didn’t even understand” what the conversation was about. Simes also criticized the report for being based on notes taken away from the table.
“It’s clear to me that you didn’t even understand what it was about. Indeed, you weren’t close enough to hear the conversation well enough to be able to report it objectively,” Simes told Politico.
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Ukrainian forces withdraw from the besieged eastern city of Sievierodonetsk after weeks of a fierce and bloody battle, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Friday.
Russian troops relentlessly shell the city, which is the administrative center of the Luhansk region, and the Ukrainians retreat to avoid encirclement.
Russia controls about 95% of the Lugansk province and about 50% of the neighboring province of Donetsk. Both are in the disputed Donbass region.