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Newsline: US Embassy Refuses to Comment on Status of Diplomats Deported From Russia

The US Embassy in Russia gives no comments on the status of its employees, the embassy’s spokesman, William Stevens, said Saturday, after Moscow said that two US diplomats had to be deported from Russia. Earlier in the day, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that two US diplomats had to leave Russia and were declared persona non grata for “activities incompatible with the diplomatic status.” Both US diplomats were CIA employees, Ryabkov said, adding that one of them was involved in a recent incident outside the US Embassy in Moscow. “As is our standard practice, I will not discuss the status of any employee’s serving overseas,” Stevens told RIA Novosti.



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