US closure of Russian posts violates Vienna Convention: Analyst

Washington’s actions towards Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States is a violation of the Vienna Convention and present a “diplomatic crisis,” an author and independent journalist in New York says.

“This is a very serious diplomatic crisis right now,” said Joe Lauria, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.

The 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations defines the privileges of a diplomatic mission that enables diplomats to perform their function without fear of coercion or harassment by the host country.

“The United States took an extraordinary, unprecedented move to not only expel diplomats…but to actually, literally invade the diplomatic property, the actual sovereign territory of Russia,” Lauria told Press TV on Monday.

“So we have lots of reasons to be concerned about where this would lead,” he added.

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