Russia demands US protect its embassy in Iraq

Russia demanded Thursday that Iraqi authorities and US-led coalition forces do more to protect Russian diplomatic staff and property in Iraq after the Russian embassy in Baghdad was sprayed with gunfire. The Foreign Ministry summoned the Iraqi ambassador and a US Embassy official in Moscow on Thursday to complain after the Wednesday evening shooting, which the ministry said damaged the embassy building. No one was wounded in the incident. Russia demanded that the Iraqi government "quickly take all necessary measures to strengthen the physical security of diplomatic missions." The ministry also said the United States, as the leader of the multinational force in Iraq, must "take immediate measures to protect the Russian embassy and Russian diplomats from attack."