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Russia unveils array of countermeasures to U.S. sanctions
Published: Apr 17, 2021 09:05 AM
Photo taken on April 16, 2021 shows the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Moscow.Photo:Xinhua

Photo taken on April 16, 2021 shows the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Moscow.Photo:Xinhua


The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday announced a series of retaliatory measures, including expulsions of diplomats and entry bans, in response to the recent "hostile actions" of the United States.

Russia will ask 10 US diplomats and five Polish ones to leave the country, the ministry said in a statement.

Russia will limit the use of the US embassy's short-term assignments through the State Department to ensure the functioning of diplomatic missions, by reducing the issuance of such visas to at most 10 people per year.

Moscow will completely ban US diplomatic missions from hiring citizens of Russia or third countries to administrative and technical posts.

The US flag waves in the wind at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, on April 16, 2021. Russia is expelling 10 US diplomats in tit-for-tat retaliation, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.Photo:Xinhua

The US flag waves in the wind at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, on April 16, 2021. Russia is expelling 10 US diplomats in tit-for-tat retaliation, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.Photo:Xinhua


Russia will terminate the activities of US foundations and non-governmental organizations controlled by the State Department or other American government agencies.

"The current extremely tense situation implies an objective need for the ambassadors of both our countries to be in their capitals to analyze the situation and hold consultations," the statement read.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has barred eight incumbent and former American high-ranking officials, involved in the development and implementation of the anti-Russian course, from entering Russia indefinitely.

The ministry also threatened that it could slash the number of personnel in US diplomatic missions in Russia to 300 from the current cap of 455.
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