Spokesperson of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow Rebecca Ross is expelled from Russia as she was put on the list of ten American diplomats declared persona non grata by the Russian side as Kommersant reported.
According to the sources, Rebecca Ross was put on the blacklist due to the responsive actions to actions of the U.S. that do not allow Russia to fill the vacant position of the spokesperson of the Russian Embassy in Washington.
“They…do not admit to Washington a person appointed by us to the position of spokesperson of our diplomatic mission, meanwhile, without explanation of any reasons. The issue is about diplomats with considerable experience who earlier occupied a similar position in another two embassies of Russia. The U.S. just returned the documents filed by this person for a visa and even did not comment on the reasons for refusal. It is not a Russian initiative,” the message said.
On April 15, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a decree imposing new sanctions on Russia. They aim over 30 Russian entities and expelled at least 10 Russian officials from America, including intelligence officers and diplomats. Poland supported the decision of the U.S. and handed the Russian Ambassador a diplomatic note on the declaration of three employees of the Russian Embassy persona non grata.
In its turn, Russia made a decision to expel 10 American and five Polish diplomats.
Soon, the U.S. State Department called Russia aggressor in the conflict with Ukraine.