Russian traffic police has taken several measures to change the organization of traffic at the USA diplomatic missions in Russia. In Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg, in particular, diplomats will not be able, as before, freely to Park at their offices in Vladivostok Consulate dismantled concrete blocks, which also did not allow strangers to leave cars here. According to “Kommersant”, will be removed and concrete barriers installed around the perimeter of the U.S. Embassy building in Moscow. In traffic police say that restoring order on the roads, removing all interfere with normal traffic obstacles. Diplomatic sources reminded that the staff of the Russian Embassy in Washington such road privileges not enjoyed, and “the Americans now throughout the achieve parity”.
Signs Parking, allowing American diplomats to Park in front of the Consulate General of the US and the UK on Gogol street in Yekaterinburg, was removed at the initiative of the traffic police. This “b” told in the press service of the city administration.
The sign “Parking only for cars of the civil code of the United States” allowed the diplomats to leave cars at the side of the roadway.
The local police from comments have refused.
In the Committee on transport infrastructure development (CRTI) of St. Petersburg, “Kommersant” said that near the house at 15 Furshtatskaya street (this address is U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg) eliminated the spontaneous Parking. According to the representative CRTI, there was no indication that Parking is permitted or appropriate markup. “In fact, the Park was formed between interrupting parts of the alley. The people marching along the Avenue, on his way he met an obstacle in the form of parked cars and were forced to Wade through them. That is why the residents have been asked to arrange pedestrian crossing”, — said the press service krti, adding that now, the natural Park marked Zebra crossing and motorists have the opportunity to turn in both directions.
Vladivostok mayor’s office spent dismantling concrete blocks, installed in front of the US Consulate General Pushkinskaya street the day before yesterday. They were placed on the carriageway in front of the front part of the diplomatic mission and did not allow outsiders to Park near the Consulate. Blocks also served as protection from possible terrorist attacks.
Representatives of the city authorities claim that we should not see in an event a political subtext.
“From traffic police to the city hall received a notice to remove the blocks because they interfere with the movement of vehicles. Currently, road services restore road surface,” said one of the officials.
Diplomatic sources, “Kommersant” does not rule out that they will also removed concrete barriers around the perimeter of the U.S. Embassy building in Moscow. “They were at the time established at the request of the American side as an anti — terrorist measure. However, the Russian Embassy in Washington of such structures is not. And once the Americans now throughout the achieve parity, it seems, will have to carry these dragon’s teeth. Moreover, many citizens have long complained that they spoil the view of the street,” explained one of the interlocutors “Kommersant”.
Recall, August 31, the US state Department demanded to close the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco and the Russian trade mission in Washington and new York. This decision was due to the need to respect the principle of parity — in the US, there were four Russian Consulate, a Russian — American only three. And before that, parity, said the Russian side: in July, the Russian foreign Ministry ordered to reduce the number of employees of the us diplomatic mission in the country by 2.5 times, up to 455 people (just as people are working in Russian diplomatic missions in the USA). This was done by 1 September. In addition, from 1 August suspended the use of the U.S. Embassy two objects of real estate in Moscow — dacha in Serebryany Bor and warehouse on Road street. The Russian authorities explained that these limitations — delayed response to the sanctions against Russian diplomats and the Russian diprediksi imposed by President Barack Obama before his departure from the White house.
Meanwhile, as earlier it was said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin confirmed this week, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, parity was restored not completely. “We included in the total figure in the ceiling (455 diplomats. — “Kommersant”), everyone who works at the Russian Embassy in