Ambassador of Russia in Washington Anatoliy Antonov stated that the Russian diplomatic representative’s offices in the U.S. are still forced to work in the terms of unprecedented restrictions that enhance as The National Interest reported.
“The expulsions of diplomats are implemented under far-fetched pretexts now and then. Last December the State Department unilaterally established a three-year limit on the assignment period for Russian personnel in the United States that, as far as we know, is not applied to any other country. Moreover, we received a list of twenty-four diplomats who are expected to leave the country before September 3, 2021,” Antonov stated.
According to him, almost of them will leave without replacement as Washington has sharply toughened the procedures of visa issuance. Moreover, the U.S. authorities cancel the current visa of spouses and children of the Russian employees of the diplomatic mission without explanation of the reasons. Besides, the delays occur with the prolongation of invalid visas that, according to the Russian Ambassador, aim for the expulsion of the diplomatic employees from the country.
“As a result, about sixty of my colleagues (130 together with family members) cannot return to their motherland even under urgent humanitarian circumstances,” the Head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Washington complained.
As we reported, Washington intends to reduce the staff of its diplomatic mission in Russia, as since August Kremlin has prohibited the US from maintaining and hiring employees from Russia or third countries, with the exception of the security service.
On April 23, Russian President Putin issued a decree on foreign states committing "unfriendly actions." With this document, he limited the ability of the diplomatic missions of these countries to hire people located in Russia.