Putin ordered the Russian government to prepare an inventory. The Cabinet will determine the number of Russian employees in the aforementioned countries, with whom their diplomatic missions will be able to conclude employment contracts. If necessary, Moscow could issue a complete ban on employing Russian citizens to work in local embassies and consulates.
However, the restrictions only apply to prospective workers residing on Russian soil, and not to workers from the respective countries. The government has already made this statement to the Czech Republic and the United States due to the mutual expulsion of diplomats. According to a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharov, the measure aims to prevent Western intelligence efforts to recruit Russian citizens working in diplomatic missions for cooperation.
The Czech Foreign Ministry notified the forced departure on Thursday Other Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic Until the end of May. Russia has announced once again that it is moving towards “full parity” in the number of embassy staff. The number of employees appointed by embassies in the host country should also be compared. For many Russians, according to the data protection agreement, working in the embassies of Western countries is attractive, as they are usually paid a higher salary than usual in the Russian labor market.