[EpochTimesNovember292021](Epoch Times reporter Lin Nan comprehensive report) The Russian ambassador to the United States said in an interview broadcast on Saturday (November 27) that there will be more than 20 Russian diplomats. The officer was repatriated by the United States.
According to Reuters, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in an interview with the “Soloviev Live Youtube” channel, “Our diplomats are being expelled.”
Antonov added: “A large group of my comrades, 27 people with families, will leave us on January 30.” He also said that Russian diplomacy “faces a severe shortage of personnel.”
In August, Antonov stated that the United States required 24 Russian diplomats to leave the country in early September due to the expiration of their visas.
Antonov told the National Interest magazine at the time: “The U.S. authorities cancelled the valid visas of our staff’s spouses and children without any reason. There are also general delays in renewing expired visas, aiming to reduce Russian diplomacy. People crowd out the country.”
“Therefore, even in an emergency humanitarian situation, about 60 of my colleagues (plus 130 in my family) cannot return to their home country.” He added.
However, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement to Reuters at the time that requiring Russians to sign visas after three years was “not new” and said that the move was not. Retaliatory.
Russia has previously stated that since the deterioration of relations between the two countries in 2016, more than 100 diplomats with dependents have been forced to leave the United States.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova (Maria Zakharova), as of October 29, nearly 200 Russian diplomats were still working in the United States, including staff members of the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
The Biden administration said last month that after a series of deportations and restrictions, the number of US diplomats in Russia has been reduced from 1,200 in early 2017 to 120. It is difficult to continue to do anything except guard the embassy.
The US Embassy in Moscow stopped processing non-diplomatic visas this year and added Russians to the list of “Homeless Nationals” who can apply for visas in third countries.
According to a document published on the website of the US State Department, “homeless” does not mean that the applicant does not have a home, but that the United States has not established consulates in these countries, or the political situation is unstable, so that American diplomats cannot review it. Visa Application.
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