"Promises made by the Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Michael Evanoff that our properties are fine cannot be trusted," it said in a statement. "Even in the better year the American side followed the trust but verify principle… Now it is time to verify first and trust second."
"Such American stand is unacceptable. Our grave concern about the state of the Russian property remains. The fact that the Russian Ambassador is not allowed to enter the buildings which belong to the Russian Federation are unmotivated. These hostile actions of the US have neither logic, nor reason," it said.
Earlier on in the day, US Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Michael Evanoff told Sputnik that local law enforcement was ensuring Russia’s closed diplomatic properties in the United States remain untouched and secure. "Nobody is allowed to go in. So, they keep it [diplomatic properties] sacrosanct," Evanoff said. Local law enforcement, he added, will ensure all facilities that are not being used right now "stay secure."
After Russian diplomatic staff left the compounds, US security agents entered the premises to conduct searches. Moscow said that the actions of the United States constituted a violation of international law, including the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations.