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Russia protesting cash shortage for diplomats post demonetisation

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Russia is set to lodge a diplomatic protest against the note ban by the Indian government, which the country says has left its diplomats struggling for cash in Delhi, reported NDTV.

Russian Government sources have told NDTV that Ambassador Alexander Kadakin is waiting for a reply to his letter to the Ministry of External Affairs on December 2. Moscow, say sources, may summon the Indian envoy this week to protest against the Rs.50,000 a week limit on withdrawals since the notes ban on November 8.

“We are awaiting a reply from the MEA and hope that this is resolved quickly. Otherwise, we will be forced to explore other options which may include raising the issue in Moscow with your Embassy by summoning Indian Minister Counsellor,” a senior Russian embassy official said here.

Other options may also include restriction on the cash withdrawals for Indian diplomats posted in Russia, the official indicated. There are around 200 people in the Russian embassy in Delhi.

Earlier, Pakistani embassy in Delhi had also lodged an informal protest against demonetisation as the embassy staffers faced difficulties in withdrawing money.

The Foreign Ministry has not officially commented yet but sources have told NDTV that they are waiting for the recommendations of an inter-ministerial task force that was set up to look into the problems being faced by embassies and NRIs.


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