On July 12, Kyrgyzstan accused two U.S. Embassy employees of conducting activities that were incompatible with their diplomatic status and declared them persona non grata.
Washington has denied the Kyrgyz accusations and called the decision "unfortunate."
The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry has expressed hope the tit-for-tat expulsions would not affect bilateral ties.
Kyrgyz media reports that six security officers who were undergoing training in the United States were recently asked to leave the country cannot be officially confirmed.
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