Russia puts US on list of 'non-friendly' countries

Russia puts US on list of 'non-friendly' countries
Russia puts US on list of 'non-friendly' countries

President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which Russia will entirely prohibit Russian citizens from working in diplomatic missions of 'non-friendly countries,' or restrict their number.

Putin's order assigns the government to make a list of embassies and consulates that are considered non-friendly.

Russia adopted the law once relations between Russia and the Czech Republic deteriorated.

The Russian government has already started working on a list of non-friendly countries.

As the official representative of Russia's Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated, the United States has already been put on the list.

Russia has already recognized ten US diplomats working in the US Embassy as persona non grata. They must leave Russia until May 21.

The US imposed new sanctions on Russia on April 15. A total of 32 legal and natural persons were put on the list. Washington said these are persons and organizations that tried to interfere with the US presidential elections.

On April 17, Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats. In response, Russia expelled 20 Czech diplomats. Later, the Czech government demanded 63 Russian Embassy employees leave Prague.

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