US Embassy Employees Were Ordered to Leave Russia by January 31

Employees of the American Embassy who have been in Moscow for more than three years must leave Russia by January 31, 2022, as stated by the official representative of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova. 

Earlier, the Russian Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said that Washington was de facto expelling 55 Russian diplomats. Commenting on the situation, the US State Department spokeswoman, Jalina Porter, pointed out that it was going not about “expulsion”. Nevertheless, according to Antonov, the State Department “clearly showed” that if they refused to leave the US, they would be deprived of immunity and other diplomatic privileges.

“We consider the American demand precisely as an expulsion and intend to respond accordingly,” Zakharova commented on the situation.

She stressed that this is not Moscow’s choice, and “such a game” was imposed on Russia by American partners.

“For a long time and persistently we had been trying to talk some sense into them and still direct them to some constructive solution of the issue, but they made their choice,” Zakharova added.

Zakharova stressed that the US does not have the authority to dictate the parameters of departure and termination of business trips of Russian diplomats.

“The Russian Federation sent them there, building a personnel policy within our department, the diplomatic service. The American partners have come up for us how and to whom of the Russian diplomats to leave the US ceasing their activities. Of course, this does not fit into diplomatic norms in any way,” she said.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that the Russian side characterizes the actions of the US as “an undisguised encroachment on the sovereign right of a state that sends its representatives, diplomats and determines the terms of its stay in the host country itself, and does so according to the laws and rules that were written by the host party.”

Ru-Main, 01.12.2021 
Source: TASS 

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