>> Thank you very much.>> A new twist in the growing diplomatic dust up between the US and Russia. Moscow accusing Washington of breaking into the homes of diplomats at the consulate in San Francisco. The Russian Foreign Ministry hinting at retaliation. As it published videos on its Facebook page, it said showed US officials breaking locks in a, quote, invasion of Russia's diplomatic property.
In the video, guards can be seen standing outside as a locksmith carries tools through the gate. The Russian diplomats packed up and left the country last month, when Washington ordered the consulate closed in a tit for tat for Russia's downsizing of the American embassy in Moscow, in response to new US sanctions.
US officials had already searched the consular offices, but Moscow now says Washington has upped the ante by entering sealed residential areas and taking over the Consul General's home. The US State Department is denying the break-in. State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert.>> We did not break locks. No FBI involved.
This is diplomatic security along with the Foreign Missions Office. What they do is they just walk through, look around. The purpose of that is to make sure that people are no longer living there.>> In a statement, Moscow called the latest US action illegal, adding, quote, we reserve the right to respond.