Ambassador Sullivan advocates finding solution to current restrictions on work of Russian, U.S. diplomatic missions
MOSCOW. Sept 23 (Interfax) - Current restrictions on the operation of the Russian and U.S. diplomatic missions do not help create conditions for normalizing relations between the two countries, U.S. Ambassador in Moscow John Sullivan said on Thursday at a conference organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham).
The imbalance between the number of U.S. diplomats working in Russia and Russian diplomats in the U.S. is at odds with conditions that are needed in order to improve relations between the two countries' governments, Sullivan said.
Some 110 U.S. employees currently work at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, while Russia's diplomatic missions in the U.S., including the embassy in Washington D.C. and the consulates in New York and Houston, have a staff of around 200 Russian citizens, he said.
Sullivan reiterated the need to abide by the reciprocity principle in bilateral relations and to maintain more balanced positions.
The ambassador expressed regret that numerous decisions adopted in this field by the Russian authorities over the past year did not meet business interests, among others.