U.S. indignant at Zyuganov's Twitter post insulting ambassador killed in Libya
The U.S. authorities are indignant at the Twitter post of Russian Communist Party Chairman Gennady Zyuganov, who insulted the memory of murdered U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens, the newspaper Kommersant wrote on Wednesday.
"The U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed like a dog. And he was the chief expert in the Libyan revolution. He reaped what he sowed," the newspaper quoted Zyuganov's Tweet.
The Zyuganov liaison office told the newspaper that press service person Denis Parfyonov was in charge of Zyuganov's Twitter posts. Parfyonov said he supervised technical details, while Zyuganov personally dictated his posts.
"We post what Gennady Andreyevich says word for word; we never do anything without authorization," he said.
Washington interlocutors of Kommersant did not conceal their anger with the mockery of the memory of the dead diplomat by the head of the second largest parliamentary group of the State Duma.
The newspaper said that Zyuganov's harsh statement was even more surprising in the context of his regular contacts with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, meetings with the ambassadors and attendance of receptions. A source in the U.S. Department of State confirmed that Zyuganov continued to meet with staff members of the U.S. Embassy for discussing current political affairs.
Asked about the possible reaction of Washington to the insult of Ambassador Stephen's memory, he gave an evasive answer. He said there would be a whole range of measures to display the U.S. attitude to such statements.
Another source close to the U.S. Administration was more specific. He said Zyuganov would be unable to maintain his former relations with the U.S. Embassy after he had said the ambassador was killed like a dog.
Kommersant noted that Zyuganov's post was incorrect not only by its form but also by its essence: no one shot Stephens.
Investigative procedures and testimonies of witnesses showed that the ambassador was not shot: he suffocated by carbon dioxide. The Libyans who came to the building of the U.S. Consulate General in Benghazi after the militants had left found Stephens alive. He died at the hospital.