As noted, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met with U.S. Charge d’Affaires Bartle Gorman. He handed him a note on the travels of U.S. embassy and consular staff.
They also discussed bilateral relations. Gorman was also informed of Moscow’s new retaliatory measures to be taken in the near future. “The U.S. side has been informed that further decisions are expected in the near future as a follow-up to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement of April 16, of which the U.S. Embassy will be notified in due time,” the statement said.
Earlier, the Foreign Ministry stated that Russia is ready to take new retaliatory measures against the U.S. if Washington continues its course of escalation.
U.S.-Russian relations deteriorated in March after U.S. President Joe Biden’s harsh statement to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In addition, on April 15, Biden signed an executive order imposing new sanctions on Russia. The restrictions affected more than 30 individuals and legal entities. Among the grounds for their introduction are the alleged hostile activity of Russia in the cybersphere, interference in elections in the United States or other foreign countries. As part of the sanctions package, the U.S. expelled 10 Russian diplomats from Washington.
In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a list of sanctions against the United States. Moscow will expel 10 U.S. diplomats, take measures to stop hiring Russian and third-country nationals at U.S. embassies or consulates general, and ban U.S. diplomats from traveling outside their locations.