Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday accused the Trump administration of possibly using an inspection of the Russian consulate in San Francisco to plant evidence in the building to make Russia look bad.
"It looks as if the American intelligence agencies are trying to organize an anti-Russian provocation and may even plant compromising material in the building or discover them somehow in the future," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, according to Russia's state-owned news agency Tass. "Because we don't have the foggiest idea of what they are doing now."
"Special equipment has been installed, and some works are underway," Zakharova said. "And no one is talking about this to anyone, of course."
Zakharova said the U.S. action was only making U.S.-Russia relations even worse, and said U.S. treatment of Russia appears to be a "new American practice."
"We believe that the US is thus destabilizing not just Russian-American relations, but the global international order as well," she said.
The U.S. closed the San Francisco consulate and two other buildings as part of a running spat between the two countries that started when the U.S. sanctioned Russia for its alleged interference in the U.S. election.
On Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert rejected Russian complaints about the inspection and said Russian officials were allowed to accompany U.S. officials as it happened.