The Russian Foreign Ministry has submitted a protest to the US State Department in connection with "concealed threats" issued by the US Ambassador in Moscow to Russian diplomats working in Baghdad, informed sources in Moscow told RIA Novosti.
According to the sources, the note of protest was delivered yesterday to the US State Department.
In his recent interview with Russian media agencies, US Ambassador Vershbow heavily criticises Moscow for alleged deliveries by Russian companies of military equipment to Iraq, the informed sources disclosed. Vershbow had also warned the Russian Ambassador and other Russian diplomats that it was increasingly "dangerous" for them to remain in Baghdad."
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.