The Russian government summoned the top U.S. envoy in Moscow to protest a plan to search a Russian diplomatic facility, according to a published report.
The foreign ministry called on acting U.S. mission head Anthony Godfrey to protest an "intention of the American authorities to conduct a search" at a Russian trade representation, according to Agence France-Presse.
The trade facility is located in Washington and is one of three diplomatic buildings in the country that U.S. officials called to vacate by Saturday.
The Russian foreign ministry believes that U.S. intelligence agents plan on searching the consulate on Saturday.
The missive from the Russian government comes after black smoke was reportedly seen billowing from the Russian consulate in San Francisco on Friday, another one of the three buildings that were ordered to be closed Saturday. Firefighters had confirmed that the occupants were burning unidentified items in the fireplace.
Later in the day, it was reported that Russian staff could be seen burning papers at the building in D.C. too.