November 28, 2021
Moscow (Reuters) -Russia’s ambassador to the United States said another 27 Russian diplomats and their families would be expelled from the United States and depart on January 30.
“Our diplomats have been banished … A large group of my comrades with a family of 27 will leave us on January 30 … We are facing a serious staff shortage. “Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a video interview on the broadcast Soloviev Live YouTube channel late Saturday.
Russia has previously said that more than 100 of its family diplomats have been forced to leave the United States since 2016, when relations between the two countries deteriorated.
As of October 29, nearly 200 Russian diplomats are still working in the United States, according to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
President Joe Biden’s administration dropped from 1200 in early 2017 to 120 after a series of expulsions and restrictions from Russia’s U.S. delegation last month, making it difficult to continue except for the presence of a caretaker at the embassy. Said that.
This year, the US Embassy in Moscow has stopped processing non-diplomatic visas and added Russians to the list of “homeless citizens” who can apply for visas in third countries.
(Report by Maria Tsvetkova, edited by Mark Heinrich)
Moscow says 27 more Russian diplomats scheduled to leave the United States in January
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