Tensions among the United States, Russia and Ukraine are not subsiding. President Joe Biden and his administration have vigorously and repeatedly told Americans to leave the region, likely trying to avoid a catastrophic result similar to that in Afghanistan.
President Biden was even so kind as to tell Americans if they don’t leave and get stuck, they will not be “rescued” after not listening. In the latest news, Russia has expelled the second-most senior American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
On Thursday, a State Department spokesman said “Russia’s action against our [deputy chief of mission] was unprovoked and we consider this an escalatory step and are considering our response,” referring to Russia ordering U.S. deputy chief of mission Bart Gorman to leave the country despite having a valid visa.
National Review reports the expulsion comes after President Biden said he believes Russia could invade Ukraine in the next several days. Biden has said roughly 150,000 Russian troops have gathered at the Ukraine border.
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Russia claims it has decreased the troop presence, but NATO and U.S. officials say there is “no evidence” of such claims. “Every indication that we have is that they are prepared to go into Ukraine, attack Ukraine,” Biden said. “My sense is it will happen within the next several days,” he added.
“We call on Russia to end its baseless expulsions of U.S. diplomats and staff and to work productively to rebuild our missions,” the State Department spokesman added. “Now more than ever, it is critical that our countries have the necessary diplomatic personnel in place to facilitate communication between our governments.”
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“In my extensive 13-year tenure, I find myself grappling with a reality I never envisaged. Our current circumstances defy logic; established policies, our solemn oaths, and the very essence of our professional calling have been eroded. Instead, we find ourselves relegated to mere affirmations from higher authorities, commending our efforts. The days of border patrol, the pursuit of illicit substances—what we colloquially term ‘dope’—have yielded to a role resembling that of caretakers,” the agent added.
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