Moscow – Three US diplomats were taken from a train on Monday in northern Russia, accused of traveling to a restricted area without the required permits. On the way out of the village of Nyonoksa, near a sensitive Russian test site where a fatal accident took place in August
The US State Department and the US embassy in Moscow were quoted by Russian media as saying that diplomats, including US military and naval members, were on an official business trip had the Russian authorities, including the Ministry of Defense, duly informed.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the diplomats declared the city of Arkhangelsk to be the destination, which is about 40 km from Severodvinsk.
"(diplomats) are the staff of the embassy, as I understand it, the staff of the military attaché, and they enjoy (diplomatic) immunity," said Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov compared to the report on Wednesday. "They informed us about the trip, but the destination was Arkhangelsk, and somehow they landed near Severodvinsk."
He added that the State Department would send a formal protest notice to the US embassy in Moscow on Thursday.
"Some administrative protocols are being created, but they enjoy immunity, so I think that there will be only one case against them to find out how it happened," quoted TASS Ivanov.
The agency reported that the diplomats were charged with committing a misdemeanor for violating immigration and residency requirements in Russia.
The site of a fatal nuclear accident
In Augustoccurred on a military testing ground near the village of Nyonoksa, which is about 48 km from Severodvinsk.
During a test, a rocket engine exploded with a nuclear power source, killing seven people and increasing radiation levels in the region.
United States. Intelligence officials said it was "likely" that a test of the SSC X-9 Skyfall missile, known in Russia as 9M730 Burevestnik, had failed. President Vladimir Putin bragged in his speech of 2018 with a new, experimental nuclear cruise missile with virtually unlimited range and the ability to penetrate US missile defense systems March 2018.