Russian diplomats in the United States have been threatened by US officials with criminal prosecution if they attempt to monitor upcoming Presidential and Congress elections at polling stations, the Russian Embassy in Washington said in a statement.
According to the Russian diplomatic mission, it has not submitted any official request to monitor the elections, due to take place November 8.
“We have not submitted any requests to the Department of State regarding the election observation. As a matter of respectfully conducting our diplomatic duties we sent the information on our intentions to the Department of State,” the statement by the Embassy reads.
The facility said it has reached out to several local electoral commissions to “get acquainted” with American electoral procedures, but got a negative response. The diplomats were even threatened with legal action, the Embassy said.
“We received mostly negative responses, including threats that our interest and presence at polling stations could be seen as a criminal act.”