Russia announces expulsion of 10 U.S. diplomats
UPDATED 2:05 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021
Russia said it will be asking 10 U.S. diplomats to leave the country, in response to sanctions leveled against it by the Biden administration.
Today, the United States took far-reaching action against the Russian Government in response to its harmful acts. We will continue to hold Russia to account for its adversarial actions.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) April 15, 2021
The Kremlin made the announcement on Friday, saying it suggested the U.S. ambassador head home.
Moscow is also reportedly seeking to add eight U.S. officials to its sanction list, as well as restricting U.S. non-government organizations from interfering in its politics.
Experts had warned sanctions by Russia would likely target U.S. diplomats to mirror the sanctions imposed by the U.S.
“The chosen format of sanctions will not lead to serious and long-term consequences for the Russian economy and Russian finances,” Dmitri Trenin, director at the Carnegie Research Center stated. “But also everything that happens in the economic relations between Russia and the United States, Russia and the West in general, leads to the increasing economic independence of Russia from the West.”
The Kremlin added while Russia could take more “painful measures,” it’s not acting on it.
This came in retaliation for the Biden administration announcing it was expelling 10 Russian diplomats from the country.