The State Department confirmed the United States and Russia can replace diplomats in each other's countries who were expelled last week, describing the process as standard practice for cases in which targeted personnel are ejected as "persona non-grata," and cautioning that 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," a State Department spokesman told CNN in a statement Tuesday. "Any requests for new diplomatic accreditation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis." "The Russian Federation has not informed us that it intends to reduce the total number of personnel allowed in our bilateral Mission," the spokesperson added. "We therefore understand that the United States may request new diplomatic personnel to fill the positions of diplomats who have been expelled."