Diplomats victims of US-Russia game?A former US diplomat has been arrested in Russia and charged with drug trafficking

2022-07-31 0 By

According to Russian officials, there is strong evidence that Mark Fogle, a former US diplomat and citizen in Russia, used his position to participate in “large-scale drug trafficking and trafficking” against Russia.Video footage released by The Russian side shows that Mark and his wife were caught red-handed when they entered Russian customs in August 2021.From Mark’s contact lens case and electronic cigarette case, Russian law enforcement officers found marijuana and hash oil.Legal charges were brought against Mark, which he, of course, strongly denied.He said he was suffering from spondylitis because he needed marijuana, and he produced what he called proof: a prescription and medical records provided by an American doctor.The Russian justice ministry rejected the allegations, citing a criminal record that dates back to his time as an American diplomat in Russia.Under Russian law, Mark could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on drug smuggling charges, which could have a significant impact on US-Russian relations.Of course, it is too early to tell the outcome, as the justice Department continues to gather evidence, and the American leadership will not stand idly by.To be fair, Mark was unusual in that he had recently retired from his post as a U.S. diplomat in Russia.His arrest may have been timed to coincide with the loss of “diplomatic immunity for diplomats and their families”.From this point of view, the Russian law enforcement department is afraid to have targeted this person.Given that He worked as a lecturer in Moscow schools before the attack, it is not ruled out that he used his cover to sell drugs to students and others around him.If so, it is behaving badly.At the same time, it should be noted that the timing of this incident is sensitive, when the US-Russia relations are tense, and the mark case comes at a timely time. It cannot be ruled out that Russia is a “sabre-rattling demonstration” against the United States.However, I am afraid that the staff of the US and Russian embassies and consulates in each other’s countries will face some “risks”…Earlier, Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, said that he and his colleagues had been unfairly treated by the United States, which not only arbitrarily confiscated the assets of Russian diplomats, but also frequently seized their visas on false excuses.That reduced the number of Russian diplomatic staff in the United States to just over 100, bringing diplomacy to a standstill.Combined with the above facts, it is not hard to find that no matter whether the evidence provided by Russia is true or not, it is probably difficult to dispel the doubts of western countries. After all, at the juncture of mutual antagonism between the United States and Russia, even a small spark can spark a fire.We’ll be watching to see if his arrest signals a new diplomatic war between the United States and Russia.