Aug 17, 2019 15:20 UTC
  • Moscow slams Bolton's claims on military tech theft, recalls property seizure by US

The Russian Foreign Ministry has lashed out at US President Donald Trump's hawkish national security adviser for his remarks alleging that Moscow was stealing US military technology.

The reaction came after John Bolton accused Russia of developing hypersonic glide vehicles and cruise missiles based on stolen US military technology.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Friday rejected Bolton’s accusations and pointed to past incidents involving the seizure of Russia’s diplomatic property by Washington.

"Since the issue of theft popped into John Bolton’s head, then I’ll remind him that Washington stole the buildings of the Russian Consulate General and the residence of Russia’s Consul General in San Francisco, the Russian trade mission in Washington, the residence of the Russian Consul General in Seattle, along with two Russian diplomatic facilities in Maryland and New York," the diplomat said.

"However, what is way more significant, it kidnapped a large number of Russian citizens from third countries. Or is that not theft, Mr. Bolton? Then give them back," she added.

Zakharova also hinted that the United States had stolen numerous technologies from various countries.

"It will be interesting to do the math on how many and which innovations the United States has stolen from various countries around the world. That’s what I will do in my spare time. Send me interesting historical facts and contemporary data, and we will sum them up," the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.