Speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has decided to cancel the visit to the United States of the group of deputies of the chamber. This happened after the removal of Russian flags from the diplomatic buildings of Russian in the United States.
The state Duma will not come to the U.S. to participate in the third annual international forum in new York from 26-30 October. This was stated by Vice-speaker of the house Peter Tolstoy, reports «Interfax».
«Yes, I’m not. This decision was made by the Chairman of the state Duma (Vyacheslav Volodin, approx. ed.),» — said Tolstoy.
Prior to that, he said that the decision to cancel the visit was made because of the situation with the removal of Russian flags from the diplomatic buildings of Russian in the United States.
According to Tolstoy, these buildings are the property of Russia and the flag of the Russian Federation should be on these buildings.
«I hope the U.S. the decision will be reconsidered, and the flag will return to its place, its rightful place. No revision of the status of the property, as far as I know, was not» — said the Deputy.
Earlier in the state Duma proposed to prepare an appeal in connection with the removal of Russian flags from diplomatic property in the United States. Vyacheslav Volodin supported the proposal and requested the preparation of a response to the first Vice-speaker Alexander Zhukov.
The foreign Ministry called the removal of flags with the Russian diplomatic missions abuse