Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said that keeping the country’s present level of diplomatic presence in the West has “no point.”
Lavrov told state news agency RIA Novosti that Russian diplomats face difficult working conditions as a result of the Ukraine war.
Further, the Russian foreign ministry is currently undergoing a “geographical reorientation” of its activities both abroad and in the central office, implying that Russia’s diplomatic presence in the West may be reduced.
During a meeting with university graduates accepted into the diplomatic service, Lavrov stated, “It makes no sense, and we have no desire to maintain the same presence in Western countries. Our people work in conditions that can hardly be called human. They face constant problems, threats of physical attacks.”