The US fired nearly 200 Russian embassy employees

The US fired nearly 200 Russian embassy employees 0

(Dan Tri) – The United States dismissed nearly 200 local employees working for its diplomatic agencies in Russia before the August 1 deadline set by Moscow.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo: Tass).

`Starting in August, the Russian government prohibits the United States from retaining, hiring, or contracting with Russian or third-country personnel, with the exception of our security forces. We are saddened to announce this decision.

Mr. Blinken also expressed gratitude to Russian employees and contractors for their `tireless work and dedication.`

`We thank them for their contributions to common activities and their efforts to improve relations between our two countries. Their dedication, expertise and friendship are the pillars of our

According to the US Secretary of State, `this unfortunate measure will seriously affect the operations of US missions in Russia, including the safety of US personnel, as well as the ability to work with the Russian government.`

Earlier this year, Russia announced a ban on most non-American employees at the US embassy in Moscow and US consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

The expulsion of diplomats and the closure of diplomatic missions took place in the context of the US imposing sanctions on Russia for accusing Moscow of meddling in the 2020 US presidential election and poisoning a former Russian spy in the UK.

After Russia announced the ban, the US embassy stopped regular consular services.

The suspension of consular services also makes it difficult for Russian businessmen, exchange students and partners to obtain US visas in Russia.

The US fired nearly 200 Russian embassy employees

Russia-US relations are still tense even though the leaders of the two countries had a summit in Geneva, Switzerland in June (Photo: AFP).

The US had hoped that Russia’s decision could be reversed during a meeting last month between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

`While we regret the Russian government’s actions to reduce our services and operations, the United States will honor our commitments while continuing to maintain a

`We appreciate our deep engagement with the Russian people. The relationship between our two peoples is the foundation of our bilateral relationship,` Mr. Blinken emphasized.

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