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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvia Denies Charges

RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The Latvian government denied accusations that its embassy in Moscow has engaged in illegal financial activities, including secretly funneling money out of Russia.

"There are no banks, banking operations or money transactions at the embassy," a Latvian official said Thursday.

Earlier this week, Latvian Ambassador Imants Daudiss was summoned and told about "established facts of illegal activity" at his embassy, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

The official said a banking association did rent space in the embassy, but that it carried out market studies and did not engage in financial transactions.