Anatoly Antonov, The Russia’s ambassador to the United States said in a statement that 27 more Russian diplomats and their families were expelled from the United States and would leave on January 30.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a video interview for the Soloviev that “Our diplomats are being expelled, A large group of my comrades, 27 people with families, will leave us on January 30, added that we are facing a serious staff shortage,”
The Moscow has earlier said that over 100 of its diplomats with families had been forced to leave the US since 2016 when the relationship between the two countries worsened.
According to the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that, As of October 29, nearly 200 Russian diplomats were still in their jobs in the US, included the staff of the Russian mission to the United Nations.
On the other hand, The Biden’s administration said last month that the staff of their mission in Russia had shrunk to 120 from 1,200 in early 2017 after a series of expulsions and restrictions, and it was difficult to continue with anything other than a caretaker presence at the embassy.
It must be noted that the U.S. Embassy in Moscow stopped processing non-diplomatic visas this year and added Russians to a list of “homeless nationals” who can apply for visas in 3rd countries.
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