Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Florida News

Marco Rubio Calls on Biden to Staff Up at Moscow Embassy and Get Ready to Expel Russian Diplomats

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, in sending a letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday, urging him to take immediate action to increase staffing at the U.S. embassy in Moscow and, if the Russian Government does not a cooperate, to expel 300 Russian diplomats.

The letter is below.

Dear Mr. President:

We write to express our concern that ongoing actions by the Russian Government against our embassy in Moscow present a substantial national security risk and significantly impact the embassy’s ability to operate. The lack of a proportionate response to these actions only invites more antagonistic Russian behavior.

On August 1, 2021, Russia instituted a prohibition on any locally employed staff working for our embassy. This abrupt, unilateral action by the Russians jeopardizes U.S. Embassy Moscow’s daily operations and the State Department’s ability to meet the consular needs of Americans who live in, work in, or travel to Russia. It also undermines the ability of embassy personnel—including the Ambassador—to do their critical work representing the policy interests of the United States in Moscow.

Russia has long counted locally hired Russian staff at U.S. Embassy Moscow as “American diplomats.” U.S. acceptance of this characterization, across multiple administrations, and its incorporation into the calculation of relative diplomatic presences has resulted in there being more than 400 Russian diplomats spread throughout the United States, while the complementary U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia now numbers only about 100 Americans.

See also  'Bidenomics' TV Ad Targets Florida Democrats

This disproportionality in diplomatic representation is unacceptable. Accordingly, Russia must issue enough visas to approach parity between the number of American diplomats serving in Russia and the number of Russian diplomats serving in the United States. If such action is not taken, we urge you to begin expelling Russian diplomats, to bring the U.S. diplomatic presence to parity. We believe such a step would be reasonable and reciprocal.

We ask that your national security team take immediate, concrete steps to provide U.S. Embassy Moscow with the staffing and support it needs by taking responsible, proportional, and immediate actions in response to the provocations undertaken by the Russian Government.

Author

  • Florida Daily

    Florida Daily offers news, insights and analysis as we cover the most important issues in the state, from education, to business and politics.

    View all posts
Share this story:
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow our Facebook Page

Follow us on X, Insta, Linkedin
<

Related Stories

Immigration

A record number of illegals coming into the U.S. isn’t stopping the Biden Administration’s latest decision to distribute ID cards to illegal immigrants. Calling...

Attorney General Ashley Moody

State Attorney General Ashley Moody publicly commented on a recent report that Florida seized more fentanyl than any other state last year. Below is...

Immigration

With the 2024 Presidential Election less than six months away, a recent poll shows that most Americans (52%) prefer a candidate who supports mass...

Elections

Groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) are sounding the alarms that illegal immigrants could affect the outcome of national elections in...