Did the Biden-Putin summit fail? The United States is urging Russia to withdraw 24 diplomats from the embassy
Although the Geneva summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin produced no historic agreement or joint statement, the two leaders said they had agreed in principle to end the endless expulsions of diplomats he had aggravated. bilateral relations for years.
However, today the Russian ambassador in Washington told "Reuters" that the US has asked 24 diplomats of his mission not to be renewed in office and to return to Russia after their visas expire on September 3.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov did not say whether the U.S. request arose as a result of any concrete clashes or suspicions about these individuals, but the decision has raised major questions about the Biden administration's political will to normalize relations with Moscow.
"Almost all those who will leave can not be replaced due to the increase in the rules for obtaining a diplomatic visa," said Antonov. "We hope that logic will prevail and we will be able to normalize the lives of Russian diplomats and diplomats in both countries, respecting the principle of reciprocity "- he added.
US authorities have not yet responded to confirm, deny or give reasons for the expulsion of 24 Russian diplomats, less than two months after Biden pledged to stop the practice.