Moscow, 23 March 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Russia has given the US embassy in Moscow a list of diplomats to be declared persona non grata, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said, without detailing the names or number of people to be expelled.
The ministry said it was a response to the United States ordering the expulsion of 12 Russian diplomats from Moscow’s UN mission in New York in February.
The White House has said that the 12 were found to be “engaging in espionage activities that are adverse to our national security.”
Moscow accused the United States of “grossly violating its obligations under the host country agreement.”
Some diplomats working at the United Nations in New York have special protection because the UN is an international organization to which all member countries must have access.
But the host country agreement between the US and the UN states that US laws and regulations can be applied “in the event of abuse of such residency privileges.”