Leading senators have urged the US to consider removing up to 300 Russian diplomats unless Moscow grants additional visas to the US embassy.
The US objected when Moscow prohibited embassies from recruiting Russian or third-country personnel on August 1, forcing Washington to lay off almost 200 locals at posts throughout Russia, Moscow Times writes.
Two Democratic and two Republican senators wrote to President Joe Biden, saying that Russia has traditionally included local employees when determining the number of US diplomats authorized.
As a consequence, they claimed, 400 Russian diplomats are now stationed in the United States, while 100 US diplomats are in Russia.
“This disproportionality …