US State Department to evaluate ways of responding to ban on hiring Russian embassy staff

US State Department to evaluate ways of responding to ban on hiring Russian embassy staff
# 03 August 2021 05:02 (UTC +04:00)

The United States will continue to study appropriate actions in response to a ban on hiring Russian and third-country citizens at its diplomatic missions in Russia, US State Department Spokesman Ned Price told journalists at a regular press briefing on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.

"The measures that the Russian Federation put in place on Sunday has, as we said before, forced us to let go of hundreds of our employees across our facilities in Russia. That, in turn, has a ripple effect on our ability, on the ability of our diplomats in Russia to do their jobs. We think that is quite unfortunate," he said in response to a corresponding question. "So we’re continuing to evaluate the situation and will update you as we have new developments," he added.

At the same time, the spokesman assured that the embassy in Moscow will continue to operate. "Well, so of course, our embassy in Moscow does remain open," he emphasized. The press secretary reiterated that consular services remain suspended at US consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

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