Following the news that the CIA is interested in recruiting disaffected Russians as potential future assets, Russia’s embassy in the US issued a public statement on Thursday condemning the spy agency’s statements, adding that these attempts would not succeed.
Pointing out that these attempts only confirm Washington’s hostile policies, Russia’s embassy in Washington said that the CIA’s bid to recruit agents among Russian citizens- military officers and oligarchs who have had their finances impacted by Western sanctions on Russia, above all – is yet more proof that the US is seeking to undermine Russia.
Commenting on remarks made by David Marlowe, CIA’s deputy director of operations who announced the CIA is “open for business” and expressed interest in recruiting Russians, Russia’s diplomatic mission noted it is common knowledge that the US intelligence community is trying to destabilize Russia.
Pointing out Moscow had no illusions whatsoever about the CIA’s anti-Russian activities, the embassy said that Marlowe’s remarks only confirm Washington’s hostile course aimed at weakening Russia from within through sophisticated subversive methods.
The embassy claimed that most Russians support Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, which started in late February, and declared that any attempts to sow discord in the country are doomed to failure.
The mission described Marlowe’s words as a trivial desire to make Congress increase the intelligence agency budget and get public attention, explaining the CIA’s Russophobic zeal as a wish to compensate for reputational costs stemming from the fiasco with the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, which has denounced US attempts to suborn Russian diplomats as very impudent behavior and unacceptable, US intelligence operatives tried to approach Russian diplomats in the Netherlands at least twice.
The ministry was forced to summon the Dutch ambassador to Moscow last month to protest against Western intelligence agencies’ attempts to recruit Russian personnel after reports that a British spy had tried to recruit a Russian military attache in The Hague.