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Moscow says 27 more Russian diplomats due to leave U.S. in January

Reuters
Reuters
 2021-11-28
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MOSCOW, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Russia's ambassador to the United States said that 27 more Russian diplomats and their families were expelled from the United States and would leave on Jan. 30.

"Our diplomats are being expelled...A large group of my comrades, 27 people with families, will leave us on January 30... We are facing a serious staff shortage," Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a video interview for the Soloviev Live Youtube channel aired late on Saturday.

Russia has previously said that over 100 of its diplomats with families had been forced to leave the United States since 2016 when the relationship between the two countries worsened.

As of Oct. 29, nearly 200 Russian diplomats were still in their jobs in the United States, included the staff of the Russian mission to the United Nations, according to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

President Joe Biden's administration said last month that the staff of the U.S. 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. read more

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 third countries. read more

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova Editing by Mark Heinrich

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Jason Ball
11-28

Sounds like to me like Russia is exaggerating not to mention the fact that they’re partnering and wargame with our enemy and we’re supposed to trust them knows it all Russia does it stick it snows and situation involving the United States china Israel Syria so on and so forth also helping The Iranian people! Do you believe in the United States if they expel people maybe shouldn’t be partnering with our enemies not to mention the fact they injured a convoy of Americans ramming them off the road and intimidating or a convoy with attack helicopters so maybe they should stop the bullying behavior

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Guest
11-28

US keeps sending away Russian diplomats based upon the faults accusations… Instead of getting closer in difficult time our goverment keeps building the wall between countries and keeps lying about Russians. And we, the sheep, keep trusting them…

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John Wheeler
11-28

lol they better hope they don't have to spend a night in Memphis or Chicago they might not make it home lol

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