Washington: The US State Department has raised concerns over the issue of American diplomats being given ‘date rape’ drugs while they were attending a conference in St Petersburg.
“This is an escalating pattern of harassment by Russia,” said the US State Department. As per a report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL), a male and a female were targeted while attending a conference on the issue of corruption at the United Nations in November last year.
Attacking Russia, the US officials alleged that the probe in the case was hampered by the Russian intelligence services after the power at the clinic where the diplomats were being treated was cut, leaving doctors and staff helpless.
However, Russia has denied all the allegations and has said that there was no proper proof of the alleged incident. As per the Russian authorities, the American diplomats were simply drinking at the hotel bar.
“As we have repeatedly pointed out, such assertions have nothing to do with reality and, in essence, are an attempt to divert attention from Washington’s own unseemly actions, including in relation to Russian citizens,” said Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Ryabkov.
The United States recently suspended its talks with Russia over its ceasefire violation in Syria. The US accused Russia of failing to live up to its commitments under an earlier ceasefire deal.
US and Russia have witnessed a downturn in their ties following the Ukraine crisis and Syrian civil war.