State Department: Russia can send over a replacement sent from U.S. diplomats
WASHINGTON. /Offset. TASS Anatoly Bochinin/. Russia may send a replacement of the 60 diplomats who were expelled at the end of March from the US at the request of the American authorities. TASS on Tuesday said the spokesman.
“As with other similar incidents in the past, the Russian government has the right to request accreditation to fill vacant positions in its diplomatic mission (in the U.S.)” he said.
The United States believes that Moscow is also ready to accept a new American diplomats in return those who have been expelled from Russia in response to Washington’s decision.
“The Russian Federation has not informed us of its intention to reduce the total allowable number of employees in our diplomatic mission”, — concluded at the state Department. In this regard, the Department believes that the United States can request accreditation for “new employees to replace those diplomats,” who are obliged to leave the Russian Federation.
On 26 March the United States announced the expulsion of from 60 Russian diplomats (46 people from the Embassy in Washington, two of the Consulate General in new York, another 12 employees of the permanent mission to the UN declared persona non grata), and the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle. This decision was taken in connection with the poisoning in Britain of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, in which a number of Western countries unsubstantiated accuses Moscow. All sent diplomats with their families left the United States on March 31, just returned to Russia 171 people.