The United States decided to fire 182 employees of the embassies in Russia
Due to the fact that Russia has banned the US Embassy from hiring Russian workers since August, the diplomatic mission will be forced to fire 182 employees in Moscow, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg. This is stated in press release from the Department of State.
“The United States is immensely grateful for the tireless dedication and commitment of our employees and contractors at the US Mission to Russia. We thank them for their contribution to the common work and for their work to improve relations between our two countries, "- said in a press release of the address of the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
These measures will seriously affect the US mission for operations in Russia, potentially including personnel safety, as well as the ability to conduct diplomatic negotiations with the Russian government.
“We regret the actions of the Russian government, which forced the reduction of our services and operations. The United States will honor its commitments by continuing to maintain a stable relationship with Russia, ”Blinken added.
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As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- Thursday, April 23, Putin signed a decree according to which the embassies of states "committing unfriendly actions" against Russia will be limited in the right to hire Russian citizens.
- The decree was issued against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between the Russian Federation and the United States, a number of European countries, as well as the diplomatic conflict with the Czech Republic, whose authorities suspected Russia of involvement in the explosions of ammunition depots in 2014 and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. In response, Moscow also expelled employees of the Czech embassy.
- In April, the President of the United States Joe Biden imposed new sanctions against Russia stating that it is a response to cyberattacks and attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
- Thereafter Washington and Moscow exchanged expelled diplomats.
- Among other things, the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that US Ambassador John Sullivan leave for Washington "for consultations." Sullivan initially refused to leave Russia, but on April 22 it became known that he flew to the USA.
- Earlier RF closed the US Consulate in Vladivostok, and the diplomatic mission in Yekaterinburg stopped serving US citizens and stopped issuing visas. That is, except at the Moscow Embassy, Russian citizens have nowhere else to obtain a visa to enter the United States, and citizens of the United States have nowhere else to turn for help.
- And on April 30 it became known that USA stopped issuing visas in Moscow, after which Russians have nowhere else to get visas.
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