Fires at Washington mission and San Francisco consulate, both ordered to close by the US, prompted speculation Russians were burning documents

Russia has claimed the US threatened to break down the door of the trade mission it has been ordered to close in Washington, one day after fires there and in a consulate in San Francisco led to speculation the Russians were burning documents.

Russia’s foreign ministry summoned a senior US diplomat in Moscow to hand him a note of protest over alleged plans to conduct searches in the trade mission complex in Washington, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday, claiming the United States had threatened to “break down the entrance door”.

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