Early in the morning on Thursday, the US Embassy in Moscow left 60 American diplomats expelled from Russia in response to similar measures taken by Washington. According to “Kommersant”, among them was the department of embassy policy in full force. A personal interpreter of the ambassador and a spokesman for the embassy also came to the group of deported diplomats. The source of Kommersant, close to the State Department, called Moscow’s decision on the composition of the deported group “unfair”. Sources of Kommersant in the state structures of the Russian Federation assured: all those who were deported “actually worked in the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Intelligence Agency of the US Department of Defense.”
The buses began to be pulled to the building of the US Embassy at four in the morning. The territory of the diplomatic mission they left at 6:30. From Russia, diplomats flew on a special charter flight.
According to Kommersant’s information, the whole of the policy department, including its head Chris Robinson, entered the group of 60 expelled embassy employees. As it says on the site of the diplomatic mission
Another American source, Kommersant, called Moscow’s decision to expel the entire policy department as “unfair.” In addition, according to him, the ambassador lost his personal interpreter. Previously, the media reported that the group of expelled diplomats included a spokeswoman for the US Embassy Maria Olson.
ecall, the Russian authorities’ decision to expel US diplomats and close theAmerican consulate in St. Petersburg was a response to similar measures announced on March 26 by Washington. Then the administration of Donald Trump, in solidarity with the UK on the “Skripal case”, announced the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the Russian Consulate General in Seattle. At the same time, 12 employees of the UN office were among the first to be expelled. In an interview with Kommersant, the US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said at the time that these measures were aimed, among other things, at “protecting American citizens from espionage by Russia.” According to him, among the deported there were many employees of Russian special services.
Former Russian ambassador to the US, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Sergei Kislyak, in an interview with Kommersant, called the measures announced by Washington “unprecedented” and “extremely unintelligent.” “The Americans received a mirror response. As a result, their diplomatic car did not make it easier to work. And who won from all this? This is a political posturing that will ultimately come back to American interests, too, “he said.
At the same time, Kommersant sources in the state structures of the Russian Federation assured: all Americans expelled from Russia “actually worked in the CIA, NSA and the intelligence department of the US Department of Defense.” The State Department denies this.
State Department spokesman Heather Nauert called the measures announced by the Russian side “unjustified.” However, as Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president , stated , Moscow does not agree with the following wording: “Russia was forced to take steps in response to those unfriendly, unconstructive, illegal actions, in this case connected with the expulsion of our diplomats and the closing of the consulate office, committed Washington. “According to Heather Nauert, Russia behaves like a victim in the situation with the Skripal affair , although it is not. At the same time, the State Department made it clear that Moscow can send new diplomats to Washington and New York in exchange for the deportees. The source of Kommersant in the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the US side has the right to request accreditation for new people.