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Americans drive too. And also under pressure

May 5 2006

A festive beginning of this month was overshadowed by another crack in the relationship between the U.S. and Russia. At this time the cause of the discrepancies - domestic incident immediately to go public and transformed into the category of political scandals. 28-year-old Russian diplomat was found guilty in a traffic accident - hit by U.S. police. At least, so say in New York, where the accident occurred.

From the court clerk saved only through international law and diplomatic immunity. This, however, has not prevented the Americans require it to withdraw - to Moscow, where Ilya Morozov returned immediately after the incident (what happened April 22), was sent to the appropriate application. With the same demand was made even New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

All this history and its aftermath suggest the sad reflections. For some reason, reminded of the recent "adventure" of British diplomats in Russia, was disguised spies.

Recalls, mostly idle speculations and absurd reproaches from Britain, followed the exposure of the diplomats, the Russian authorities.

Scenarios, of course, different, but the effect in both cases one and to some extent controversial and already because doubly unpleasant.

While the American side is very aggressively trying to convey his vision of what happened, the Russian - to a certain point, and denied trying to prove otherwise. And the essence, as usual, lies somewhere in between.

In this regard, statistics of the Interior was in handy for the agency, Sergei Lavrov, to take at this week's attempt to dot the "and" in Morozov.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin was forced to turn to, finally, to the official figures are not without interest for the Russians themselves.

Time, U.S. diplomats ride on Russian roads, it is probably too nebezgreshny - reasonably judged at the Foreign Ministry. It remains only to convey that message to the overheated New Yorkers.

Violations of U.S. diplomats Russian rules of the road - is not unique. Simply, there is some discreet, international etiquette and common sense, which, in general, taken as a guide in politics, and private troubles.

Kamynin also drew attention to the well-known principle of respect for the laws and customs of the host country for diplomats accredited in this state.

"As a rule, this principle is strictly observed as Russian diplomats in the United States and American in Russia. But, unfortunately, incidents still occur , "- he said.

In short, all the diplomats tarred with the same brush, and a path, therefore, at all one - do not forget it. To refresh your memory sounded figures - the last two years in Moscow alone there were 25 cases of violations of U.S. diplomats traffic regulations.

In neighboring Kazakhstan, as in the past month came and did a remarkable case . There are almost crushed by the President: Nursultan Nazarbayev's motorcade in nearly crashed the car advisor military attaché of the U.S. embassy in the country. Maybe, Kazakhstan is more aggressively to talk about this with the U.S.?


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