U.S. embassy staffers who have been in Moscow for more than three years have been told to leave Russia before January 31.
The decision was made on Wednesday (December 1) in retaliation for limiting the term of Russian diplomats in the United States.
The news of diplomatic tensions between the two countries comes when Russian diplomats in Washington say the United States has expelled 26 Russian diplomats and their families. He has been asked to leave the United States by January 31.
At a news conference, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “We will … treat the staff of the U.S. embassy the same.” Those who have been in Russia for more than three years will have to return home by January 31.
He says new U.S. law says Russian diplomats who have been forced to leave the United States will not be able to engage in any diplomatic activity there for the next three years. If Washington does not make concessions on that three-year deadline by July 1 next year, more U.S. workers will have to leave Russia to balance the numbers.
No comment was received from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. But further cuts in staff at the U.S. embassy in Moscow will put tremendous pressure on Washington’s activities in Russia.