Selin ATAY-TDO-The Russian embassy in the United States has sent a note of protest to the U.S. State Department over FBI questioning of a Russian lawmaker in a New York airport overnight.
Russian deputy Inga Yumasheva was questioned for an hour by the FBI upon arrival in New York, the Russian embassy said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. It did not specify which airport she arrived at.
“She was asked to go to a separate room and an FBI officer, who introduced himself, started to question her, for an hour...,” the embassy said, citing Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov.
“Moreover, she was offered to meet with the FBI officer in a different, informal setting and to continue the conversation,” said the ambassador.
Russia's Ambassador to Washington, Anatoliy Antonov, said that what was done to Yumasheva was unacceptable and gave a note of protest to the US State Department over the incident and asked them to explain what happened.
Yumasheva, who went to New York to attend a forum related to Russia-US relations, is known to visit the United States frequently. Yumasheva's task in the Duma, the lower wing of the Russian parliament, is to coordinate relations with the US Congress.
In addition, Duma President Vyjeslav Volodin condemned Yumasheva's detention and interrogation by the FBI. Volodin described the incident as a ‘provocation’.