NEWSWATCH: “Russia and the U.S. can replace expelled diplomats” – CNN/Laura Koran

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“The State Department confirmed the United States and Russia can replace diplomats in each other’s countries who were expelled … standard practice … [when] targeted personnel are ejected as ‘persona non-grata’ … any new diplomats would be subject to approval on a ‘case-by-case basis.’ ‘As always/As with similar incidents in the past, the Russian government remains free to request accreditation for vacant positions in its bilateral mission’ … ‘The Russian Federation has not informed us that it intends to reduce the total number of personnel allowed in our bilateral Mission’ … ‘We therefore understand that the United States may request new diplomatic personnel to fill the positions of diplomats who have been expelled.’ …”

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