Attorney General William Barr’s claim that “foreign actors” are stoking US protests is an insult to American citizens and a dismissal of the country’s problems, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Speaking on Thursday to Govorit Moskva radio, Zakharova called out Barr’s attempts to blame the violence on US streets on someone else.

Earlier in the day, the attorney general held a press conference with other Justice Department officials on the unrest that has gripped the nation for over a week. Barr denounced the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota and expressed his support for “peaceful protesters,” promising to probe civil rights violations by the police.

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