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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Russia have made progress in resolving staffing unrest at their embassies, leading to Washington ending a policy that allowed family members of employees to embassy staff in Moscow to leave Russia, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday.

The progress reported by the Washington Post was first made during a meeting with Russian officials in Vienna led by a US delegation led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Christopher Robinson. .

The so-called authoritative departure policy was implemented by the US embassy in Moscow in August to allow family members to leave the country voluntarily, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries over how long diplomats can stay in their bilateral missions.

A State Department spokesman said after the meeting in Vienna, the authorized departure was concluded in an email on Friday. “These are ongoing issues, which we continue to address. We have made progress in recent days on bilateral issues and hope to continue in that direction.”

The spat over the diplomats comes as tensions rise over what Washington and its allies see as provocative Russian troop movements near the border with Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Russia said it had ordered US Embassy staff members who had been in Moscow for more than three years to fly home on January 31, a move in retaliation for the US decision to restrict access to diplomatic services. terms for Russian diplomats.

The step comes after Russia’s ambassador to the United States said last week 27 Russian diplomats and their families were being expelled from the United States and would leave on January 30. Washington said officials This diplomat was not expelled but was in the country longer. over the new three-year limit.

“We need to have open channels of communication, especially in times of heightened tension. An active embassy is so important to diplomacy and why we continue to work to address this issue,” the State Department spokesperson added.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis) US, Russia make progress in resolving state-diplomacy issues | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

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