Mooted U.S. expulsion of Russian diplomats would imply U.S. embassy closure, says Moscow

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MOSCOW, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A Congressional proposal to expel 300 Russian diplomats from the United States would result in the closure of U.S. diplomatic amenities in Russia if carried out, Russia’s international ministry has mentioned.

U.S. Democratic and Republican senators urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to expel Russian diplomats if Moscow didn’t subject extra visas for Americans to characterize Washington in Russia. learn extra

“Those proposing such steps are apparently pushing for the closure of U.S. foreign institutions in Russia,” Russia’s international ministry mentioned, the Interfax information company reported.

“They must understand that the blame for this will lie with them,” the ministry mentioned late on Tuesday.

It mentioned that Moscow didn’t have that variety of diplomats in Washington and that the proposal appeared to incorporate diplomatic employees at Russia’s mission on the United Nations.

The U.S. proposal by the leaders of the Senate international relations and intelligence committees would mark an escalation in long-running tensions between Moscow and Washington over the variety of diplomats they’ve in each other’s nations.

Russia in August banned the U.S. embassy in Moscow from retaining, hiring or contracting Russian or third-country employees, apart from guards, forcing the mission to let go 182 staff and dozens of contractors, the State Department mentioned. learn extra

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; enhancing by Andrew Osborn

Russian and U.S. state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov