Biden Urged to Remove Hundreds of Russian Diplomats

Biden Urged to Remove Hundreds of Russian Diplomats

( – Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie [sic]’ until you find a rock.” That’s why strength must be shown in that field, so no one is tempted to go lobbing rocks (aka bombs, missiles, and bullets) around. Now, a bipartisan group of four senators has written to President Joe Biden urging him to send a message to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin: The United States will not be bullied.

The chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Jim Risch (R-ID), and for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), collectively sent a letter to the president asking him to take prompt retaliatory action regarding “ongoing action by the Russian Government against our Embassy in Moscow.”

An important aspect of two countries dealing with each other is parity in staff, so each nation can deal with situations that develop on an even footing. Putin has taken measures that have dramatically altered parity.

The Russian head of state declared his country’s citizens may not take employment at the American Embassy. This action leaves the US with approximately 100 people to do all the work. Conversely, Russia has 400 people spread across this country. The senators have expressed a need for President Biden to either demand Moscow grant 300 visas for Americans to work there or expel the requisite number of Russians from here to even out the numbers.

Now the question is, will Biden do as the senators ask and confront Putin on this issue? Time will tell.

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