Three US Embassy Staff Stole Objects: Russia | The Northwest Star

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Russia has asked the US embassy in Moscow to lift the diplomatic immunity of three of its employees suspected of stealing items from a Russian citizen, the Interfax news agency said citing the Foreign Ministry. If the United States refused to waive diplomatic immunity, the three employees would have to leave Russia immediately, the Foreign Office said. Earlier this week, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that a proposal by the U.S. Congress to expel 300 Russian diplomats from the United States would result in the closure of U.S. diplomatic facilities in Russia, if implemented. U.S. Republican and Democratic Senators on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden to expel Russian diplomats if officials in Moscow do not issue more visas to American citizens to represent the country in Russia. Interfax, citing a Russian law enforcement source, reported earlier Friday that three U.S. citizens from the Moscow embassy under the influence of alcohol stole a backpack from a Russian citizen on September 18. Moscow police identified the three men as US servicemen. Marine Corps aged 21 to 26, Interfax reported, citing police spokesman Vladimir Vasenin. The U.S. Embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. Associated Australian Press

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