A spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Russia, Rebecca Ross, who is among ten US diplomats expelled from the country in response to Washington’s sanctions, wrote a farewell post on Twitter, calling it an “honor” to work in Moscow.
“It was an honor for me to work in Moscow with so many Russian and international journalists who strive for the truth, offer ideas and information to the Russian people and the world so that we can draw our own conclusions. See you again, beautiful Russia!” she wrote on her account.
On April 15, the United States imposed new sanctions against Russia, which affected 32 individuals and associations. The sanctions also prohibit US financial institutions from buying Russian government bonds in their initial public offerings after June 14. In addition, Washington said that it was expelling 10 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission from the country. Moscow has announced retaliatory measures that include the mirror expulsion of diplomats, a ban on the entry of some US officials, and an offer to Ambassador John Sullivan to travel to Washington for consultations.
The Russian Foreign Ministry was previously summoned by the charge d’affaires of the United States in Russia, Bart Gorman, who was handed a note declaring 10 employees of the American embassy persona non grata, they must leave Russia by the end of the day on May 21. Ross will not be the first US embassy spokesman to be expelled from the country by Russia. In March 2018, in connection with the incident in the British Salisbury, where, according to the British authorities, former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned, the United States launched an unprecedented attack on Russian diplomats. 60 people were expelled, and the Consulate General in Seattle was closed. Russia responded in the mirror, among the expelled diplomats was the press secretary of the US Embassy Maria Olson.