The United States expelled Russia second- senior diplomat in Washington in reprisals for russian deportation of the #2 american diplomat in Moscow earlier this month, a senior State Department official said Thursday.
The expulsion has nothing to do with the course of Russia invasion of Ukraine and is part of a long-standing dispute between Washington and Moscow over personnel from the embassy. However, this comes as tensions between the two capitals have hit a post-The height of the cold war over Ukraine.
the official said the State Department informed the Russian Embassy on Wednesday that he expels Minister Counselor Sergey Trepelkov, who East currently the No. 2 at mission under Ambassador Anatoly Antonov. Russia expelled US deputy chief of Moscow Bart Gorman Mission in mid February.
the official, who was not allowed to discuss eviction in advance of a formal announcement and spoke on state of anonymity, said the step was taken “as a direct response to Russia’s unprovoked expulsion of our sous chef of mission.”
Despite the fall in relations over the current situation in Ukraine, the official said the United States continues to believe in the importance of maintaining diplomatic contacts “to facilitate communication between our governments.” But the official said it wouldn’t be allow Shares like Gorman’s expulsion “goes unanswered”.
Beyond the tensions over Ukraine, the United States and Russia have been locked down in a tit-for-tat battle over personnel diplomatic in one another countries since early 2017, when the Obama administration ordered several missions Russian diplomats missions in the United States closed and expelled many Russian diplomats over Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Russia responded with reciprocal measures and the situation has since worsened.