On Friday, July 30, the US State Department announced that it was forcing Russian staff out of its diplomatic missions in Russia.
«Since August, the Russian government has banned the United States from hiring, hiring or employing Russian or third-party personnel as temporary employees in addition to our security services.Anthony Blingen said in a statement. As a result, 182 Russian employees and dozens of temporary workers at the US embassy in Moscow and the embassies in Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg will be laid off, the foreign secretary added.
«These unfortunate actions will have a strong impact on the functioning of US diplomatic missions in Russia, including the security of our staff, as well as our diplomatic exchanges with the Russian government.“, He noted.
In April, Washington accepted a series of additional sanctions targeting Russia, accusing Moscow of electoral interference and cyber attacks. Ten Russian diplomats were expelled from the United States and restrictions were imposed on American banks borrowing from Russia. Russia expelled ten US diplomats, threatened Washington-funded finance and NGOs, and refused to allow many members of Joe Biden’s government.
«We regret that the Russian government is forcing us to reduce our services and operations, and that the United States respects its commitment to seeking a lasting and predictable relationship with Russia.», Concluded Anthony Blingen.