MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s ambassador to the United States said 27 more Russian diplomats and their families had been expelled from the United States and would leave the country on January 30.
“Our diplomats are being expelled … A large group of my comrades, 27 people with families, will leave us on January 30 … We are facing a serious shortage of staff,” Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said Said in a video interview for YouTube channel Soloviev Live, which aired Saturday night.
Russia has previously said that more than 100 of its diplomats and their families have been forced to leave the United States since 2016, when relations between the two countries deteriorated.
According to foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, as of 29 October, about 200 Russian diplomats were still in their positions in the United States, including personnel from the Russian mission to the United Nations.
President Joe Biden’s administration said last month that US mission staff in Russia had shrunk to 120 from 1,200 in early 2017, following a series of expulsions and sanctions, and nothing but the presence of a janitor at the embassy. It was difficult to continue. ,
The US embassy in Moscow this year stopped processing non-diplomatic visas and added Russians to a list of “homeless citizens” who can apply for visas in other countries.
(by Maria Svetkova)
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