US Unable to Validate Video of Moscow Embassy Scuffle - State Department

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The United States cannot verify the authenticity of a video purportedly depicting a tussle between a Russian security officer and American diplomat outside the US embassy in Moscow, Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said in a briefing on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On June 6, according to media reports, a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) guard stationed outside the US embassy in Moscow got into a physical altercation with an American diplomat who was allegedly attempting to enter the compound.

"I am not in a position to verify the authenticity of the video," Kirby stated when asked about a video posted online by a Russian television network. "I don’t know the source of it."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters last week that video of the incident actually shows the US diplomat attacking a Russian police officer.

Zakharova further noted that the US diplomat was a CIA agent who was returning from an intelligence operation that night.

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