The Kremlin on Sunday described the statements by the US embassy on weekend protests in Russia as interference in the country’s domestic affairs.
The US embassy claimed to monitor the protests across Russia and accused the Russian authorities of suppressing free speech and free assembly.
“Of course, these are inappropriate statements. And, of course, by implication they are an outright interference in our domestic affairs,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a televised appearance on state broadcaster Rossiya 1.
“If our embassy had reacted in such manner when the United States experienced civil unrest … then, I guess, it would have caused a certain discomfort in Washington. I always feel like recommending our counterparts to imagine themselves in such a situation,” the Kremlin spokesman continued.
Peskov added that he respects all viewpoints but is “categorically opposed to citizens’ participation in unauthorized rallies,” arguing that “there can be no other assessment, this is a violation of the law.”