U.S. Complains to Russia About Date Rape Drugs Slipped to Diplomats

State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau declined to comment specifically on these cases, but said the office was 'troubled by the way our diplomatic and consular staff have been treated over the past two years' in Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Geneva after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on August 26, 2016.
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The U.S. State Department has protested to Russia against alleged harassment against American officials, alluding also to reports of two diplomats being slipped date rape drugs in St. Petersburg in 2015, The Guardian online reported on Wednesday.

The man and woman, both officials with diplomatic passports, were drugged at a United Nations anti-corruption conference in November 2015, the Guardian said, citing RFE/RL.

State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau declined to comment on these cases, but said the office was "troubled by the way our diplomatic and consular staff have been treated over the past two years” in Russia.

 “We have raised our concerns at the highest levels,” Trudeau said. “In particular, the harassment and surveillance of our diplomatic personnel in Moscow by security personnel and traffic police has increased significantly.”

During Barack Obama’s first term, Russian agents reportedly broke in and killed the dog of a U.S. defense attache in Moscow.

Since sanctions taken over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, the incidents have grown increasingly bizarre, including complaints by American officials of nighttime break-ins. Some officials have found water faucets left running and in two cases, human excrement on the floor, the report said.