Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the statement by the US Embassy in Moscow
As everyone is well aware, in response to the hostile actions of the United States, the Russian authorities have decided to curtail, up to a complete ban, the employment of citizens of the Russian Federation and third countries by the embassies and consular departments of unfriendly states. This measure, which was explained in the Foreign Ministry statement, issued on April 16, 2021, was approved by the Presidential Executive Order on April 23, 2021.
In accordance with the Government Directive of May 13, 2021, issued in pursuance of the Presidential Executive Order, US diplomatic missions have been prohibited from employing private individuals residing on the territory of the Russian Federation. Since the implementation of this decision will take time, the Foreign Ministry of Russia expects that the US Embassy and consular departments in Russia will adjust the structure of their personnel to these requirements no later than August 1, 2021.
The necessary explanations, which are regularly provided to the United States, leave no room for any misunderstandings. This matter has been decided once and for all.