State Duma deputy, member of the international affairs committee Elena Panina, commenting on the expulsion of the press secretary of the US Embassy in the Russian Federation, Rebecca Ross, said that such an approach by Russia is fully justified and the American establishment should understand that there will be no unilateral concessions even in trifles from Moscow.
Ross previously confirmed to RIA Novosti that she is among ten American diplomats that Moscow is expelling from the country in response to similar actions by Washington.
“This approach of Russia fully justifies itself. The American establishment must understand that there will be no unilateral concessions even in the smallest detail from Russia. The times of the 90s are irrevocably a thing of the past. And given the fact that the United States, in fact, slept through the modernization of its strategic nuclear potential, they need to be prepared for the loss of geopolitical positions around the world, “Panina wrote in her Telegram channel.
She noted that this is a mirror response to the actions of the United States, which for more than six months prevents Russia from filling the vacant position of the press secretary of the Russian embassy in Washington, while the United States simply returned the documents submitted for a visa, without even commenting on the reason for its refusal.
Prior to that, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on media reports that the press secretary of the American embassy would be expelled from the Russian Federation, told RIA Novosti that “the United States is behaving strangely.” According to him, the American side does not allow the press secretary of the Russian embassy in Washington, and the diplomatic mission in the United States is forced to work without a person appointed in Moscow for this position.
On April 15, the United States imposed new sanctions against Russia, affecting 32 individuals and associations. The sanctions also prohibit US financial institutions from buying Russian government bonds on IPOs after June 14. In addition, Washington has announced that it is expelling 10 Russian diplomatic missions from the country. Moscow has announced retaliatory measures that include mirroring the expulsion of diplomats, barring a number of US officials from entering, and inviting Ambassador John Sullivan to travel to Washington for consultations.
The Russian Foreign Ministry previously summoned US Charge d’Affaires in Russia, Bart Gorman, who was handed a note announcing the announcement of 10 American Embassy employees to be persona non grata, they must leave Russia by the end of the day on May 21.
Ross will not be the first US embassy press secretary to be expelled by Russia. In March 2018, following an incident in Salisbury, UK, where, according to British authorities, former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned, the United States struck an unprecedented blow on Russian diplomats. 60 people were deported, and the consulate general in Seattle was closed. Russia responded in a mirror-like manner, including the press secretary of the US Embassy, Maria Olson, among the expelled diplomats.