Russia orders some U.S. Embassy staff to leave the country
Russia ordered U.S. embassy staff who have been in Moscow for more than three years to leave the country by Jan.31, a move that comes a day before diplomats have talks to deal with the deterioration relations between the two countries.
Foreign Department officials said on Wednesday that the decision to withdraw U.S. Embassy staff was in retaliation for Washington’s expulsion of more than 50 Russian diplomats by June 30, in accordance with previously imposed term limits.
“I want to stress that the choice is not ours,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday. “Our American partners forced us to play this way. We have long and constantly tried to reason with them and always point them towards some kind of constructive solution to the problem, but they made their choice.”
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The State Department said it had asked Russian diplomats to leave in accordance with current policy.
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“Just as the Russian Federation grants our diplomats an initial three-year stay in Russia, the United States also informed Russia about a year ago that its diplomats would be subject to the same three-year missions, which did not ‘is not abnormal, “said the spokeswoman for the department. said Jalina Porter.