Why the Russian government continues to legitimize the world’s only and history’s largest military bloc (with over 70 members and partners in three continents) is a question that needs to be asked.
NATO has decided to reduce Russia’s Permanent Mission to the alliance in Brussels by half, withdrawing accreditation for eight diplomats and closing down the positions of two more, the British Sky News TV channel announced on Wednesday.
According to the channel, this decision was made following Russia’s alleged “malign activities over recent years.” It was clarified that currently, the Russian permanent mission to NATO in Brussels included 20 people, and it would be reduced to ten.
NATO has confirmed that Russia’s mission to the alliance would be halved from 20 to 10 positions, the alliance’s press service told TASS on Wednesday.
“We can confirm that we have withdrawn the accreditation of 8 members of the Russian Mission to NATO,” the official said alleging that those members were undeclared Russian intelligence officers.
“We can also confirm that we have reduced the number of positions which the Russian Federation can accredit to NATO to 10 (from the previous 20 – TASS),” the press service said.
The members U.S. Congress proposing an expulsion of 300 Russian diplomats from the United States are apparently seeking the shutdown of U.S. diplomatic missions to Russia; if so, responsibility for this will rest with them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
“We won’t even recall that there aren’t that many Russian diplomats in Washington. Or, having no relevant knowledge in the area of international relations, the congressmen have also counted Russian diplomatic staff working at the delegation to the United Nations?” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.
“The important thing is, people proposing such steps are apparently seeking the shutdown of U.S. missions to Russia. They have to realize that the responsibility will rest with them,” it said.
It emerged earlier that a group of U.S. senators representing both Democrats and Republicans sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden asking the U.S. administration to make Russia permit an increase in the numbers of diplomats working in the U.S. embassy in Moscow or, otherwise, they propose expelling 300 Russian diplomats from the U.S.