The US has ordered 24 Russian diplomats to leave the country by September 3 as their visas expire.
The US has ordered 24 Russian diplomats to leave the country due to expired visas. Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov told that the order was given to these Russian diplomats due to the expiry of their visas. All of them will have to leave the country by September 3. The Xinhua news agency quoted Russian ambassador Anatoly as saying that almost all diplomats would leave the US as the US tightened visa issuance procedures.
At the same time, in place of these diplomats, other diplomats will also not be able to be posted in the Russian embassy because they have not got visa from America. The agreement was signed between the US and Russia in December 2020. It said that Russian diplomats would be able to stay in America for three years. People are expected to leave the country or apply for an extension when the visa expires. In a conversation with Washington’s magazine ‘The National Interest’, Anatoly Antonov told that, ‘As far as we know, this rule does not apply to any other country.’
In this context, US State Department spokesman Ned Price, responding to Anatoly’s remarks, said, ‘The three-year limit on the validity of visas for Russians is not new.’ It is to be known that earlier in April, the Russian Foreign Ministry had completely banned the US diplomatic mission from hiring Russian citizens. This was done after Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the US.
In April 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced a complete ban on US diplomatic missions from recruiting citizens of Russia or third countries to administrative and technical positions in response to US sanctions and expulsion of Russian diplomats. US President Joe Biden’s administration on April 15 expelled 10 Russian diplomats over election interference and Russian involvement in cyberattacks.