Russia may change address of US embassy in Moscow to ‘North American Dead End’
Russian and America have never been on the best of terms but now they are at war – only this time over street addresses.
Moscow is said to be considering changing the address of the US embassy to 1 North American Dead-end.
Its current address is 8 Bolshaya Devyatinsky Lane.
Russian politician Mikhail Degtyaryov proposed the name change and confirmed on Twitter that his suggestion was set to be taken up later this month.
Russia has apparently decided on the move after Washington’s city council renamed the block housing the Russian embassy to 1 Boris Nemstov Plaza – after the opposition politician who was shot dead near the Kremlin in 2015.
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman complained that the renaming came at a time when relations “between the two countries still leave much to be desired, mildly speaking”.
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This is not the first time that Russian and the United States have become embroiled in a petty address name-change.
During the Cold War in the 1980s, US Congress renamed the street in front of the Russian ambassador’s residence in honour of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov.
Congress has also proposed renaming the street that houses the Chinese Embassy to remember government critic and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died last year.