Russia connected Friday formally designated the United States and the Czech Republic arsenic "unfriendly states" amid the biggest situation successful ties betwixt Moscow and Washington successful years.
The Russian authorities released a decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that was accompanied by a database of "unfriendly states" that "have carried retired unfriendly actions" against Russia, Russian nationals oregon Russian entities.
The database present includes the US and the Czech Republic.
The Czech embassy volition beryllium allowed to employment nary much than 19 Russian nationals and the US embassy nary astatine all, Moscow said.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said connected Friday that Moscow remained acceptable for dialogue, authorities quality bureau TASS reported, stressing the information that Russia had present lone 2 nations connected its "unfriendly states" list.
In caller months tensions person spiralled betwixt Russia and the West implicit a litany of issues, including Russia's unit build-up connected Ukraine's border, interference successful US elections and different perceived hostile activities.
Russia-US relations person rapidly deteriorated aft Joe Biden accrued unit connected the Kremlin since becoming US president successful January.
Washington successful April announced sanctions and the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats successful retaliation for what it says is interference by the Kremlin successful US elections, a monolithic cyber onslaught and different hostile activity.
Russia successful effect expelled 10 US diplomats, banned apical US officials from entering the state and prohibited the US embassy from employing overseas nationals.
After Biden likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to a "killer," Russia temporarily recalled its ambassador from the United States and aboriginal said the US envoy should besides caput to Washington for consultations.
The US embassy successful Moscow was forced to suspend astir consular services to its nationals and stopped issuing visas owed to a drastic simplification of its unit pursuing the tit-for-tat sanctions.
But connected Friday it said it would temporarily resume consular services for its citizens "through July 16."
Tensions person besides spiralled with the Czech Republic aft Prague accused Russian subject quality of being down a deadly detonation astatine an ammunition depot successful eastbound Czech Republic successful 2014.
Moscow said past period it would headdress the fig of the Czech embassy unit successful a tit-for-tat determination aft the EU state announced it was expelling dozens of Russian diplomats.