Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antanov just days ago said that the U.S. asked 24 Russian diplomats to leave the country once their visas expire on September 3.
This comes in an interview published Sunday. Antanov was interviewed by The National Interest Magazine where he explained the situation. He added that the U.S. has no plans on replacing the diplomats or working toward renewing visas, supposedly due to “Abruptly tightening visa procedures”.
According to a report from The Hill, tensions between the U.S. and Russia are once again heightened, Anatov explains this to the newspaper. “Antonov told National Interest editor Jacob Heilbrunn that the state of relations between the U.S. and Russia ‘unfortunately’ did not improve following the Geneva summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in June,” (The Hill).
Anatov continued, telling Heilbrunn, “It has gotten to the point where the U.S. authorities cancel valid visas of spouses and children of our staff with no reasons provided. The widespread delays in renewing expired visas are also aimed at squeezing Russian diplomatic workers out of the country. As a result, about sixty of my colleagues (130 together with family members) cannot return to their motherland even under urgent humanitarian circumstances.”
Back in April of this year, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow would be recommending the expulsion of 10 U.S. diplomats in response to U.S. sanctions against Russia.
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