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Jan 27, 2022
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Antonov: the United States is doing everything to shrink the diplomatic presence of the Russian Federation

The American administration is now doing everything to shrink the Russian diplomatic presence in the United States, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said on January 26.

“We have open consulates general in Houston and New York, but in reality they cannot work, there are no diplomats, there are no employees. The consular department of the embassy is forced to take on most of the work, ”TASS quoted the diplomat as saying.

He recalled that earlier the State Department unilaterally set a three-year limit on long-term business trips for employees of the Russian Embassy in Washington and the consulates general in New York and Houston. Thus, 55 Russian diplomats are forced to leave the country. The Russian side regards this as an expulsion.

According to Antonov, half of them will leave by January 30, the rest – at the end of June. In just the past four years, more than 120 diplomats and embassy staff have been expelled from the United States.

We add that the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the United States has been deliberately destroying its consular service in Russia over the past years. Zakharova called the decision to oblige Russians to apply for visas at the American embassy in Warsaw a mockery.

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