The United States intends to expel 55 more Russian diplomats, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
She suggested that because of this, “the situation on the diplomatic” front “will only worsen.” The commentary is quoted by the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Zakharova explained that the demand put forward by Washington that another 55 Russian diplomats and administrative and technical workers should leave the United States in the coming months, in fact, means expulsion.
The diplomat also said that nothing prevents the United States from filling the quota of 455 diplomatic personnel.
Instead, according to her, there is a transmission in the media of incorrect statements about the alleged fourfold superiority of the Russian diplomatic presence in the United States over the American in Russia.
In fact, about 130 people are currently working on the part of the United States in the Russian Federation, and in the Russian mission in Washington and two consulates general in New York and Houston – less than 200, Maria Zakharova noted.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the United States has deliberately destroyed its consular service in Russia over the past years.
Commenting on the State Department’s decision to add Russians to the list of “homeless nationalities” and oblige them to apply for visas at the American embassy in Warsaw, Zakharova called it a mockery. The diplomat noted that such a decision is a blow to families and relatives living in both countries, which “form a living tissue of relations between peoples.”