Russia Expels US Embassy’s 2nd-in-Command From Moscow

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The Russian government has expelled the second-highest-ranking U.S. diplomat from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, according to the State Department.

Bart Gorman, the U.S. deputy chief of mission to Russia, was expelled on Feb. 17, a State Department spokesperson told news outlets.

“Russia’s action against [Gorman] was unprovoked, and we consider this an escalatory step and are considering our response,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson told news outlets that Gorman had a valid visa and has been in Russia for less than three years.

“We call on Russia to end its baseless expulsions of U.S. diplomats and staff and to work productively to rebuild our missions,” the spokesperson said. “Now more than ever, it is critical that our countries have the necessary diplomatic personnel in place to facilitate communication between our governments. ”

Jason Rebholz, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, also confirmed the news in comments to Russian outlet RIA Novosti.

“Gorman was the second-most-senior official at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, after the ambassador, and a key member of the embassy’s top management,” he said on Feb. 17.

“Russia demands that American diplomats leave well before the end of their three-year stay, and gives them two weeks to leave, calling it similar measures. But this is not the same thing,” Rebholz said of Gorman’s departure.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry hasn’t publicly commented on Gorman’s departure.

The Russian Embassy in Washington hasn’t responded to a request for comment. The Epoch Times also has contacted the State Department for additional comment.

Gorman’s expulsion came as the United States has continuously issued warnings of a possible Russian invasion in Ukraine amid a reported troop buildup along the border between the two countries. President Joe Biden told reporters on Feb. 17 that the possibility of Moscow attacking is “very high,” although Russia has categorically denied reports.

By Jack Phillips

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