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Moscow has threatened US with expulsion 150 diplomats

In Moscow do not exclude that will demand from Washington to reduce the number of employees of diplomatic missions of the USA in Russia “to 300 or lower,” he said in an interview with RIA “Novosti” Director of the North America Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs Georgy Borisenko.


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“In diplomacy there is an unbreakable principle of reciprocity, and the Americans know about it. If they behaved this way, so they agree that we can do the mirror with their diplomatic missions in Russia. As for specific measures, we will consider them, and if required, they will be applied,” — said the diplomat.

Commenting on possible actions, Borisenko said that the Ministry does not rule out the possibility of reducing the number of American diplomatic staff in Russia to 300 people instead of the current 455. In addition, in response to the question, whether Moscow is ready to close one of the Consulate General of the USA in Russia, he said that no option is not excluded .

Sanctions and reductions

On the last day of August the US demanded to close the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco, and two of the Russian trade mission in Washington, D.C. and new York. These measures taken in response to the limitation of the number of employees of the us diplomatic mission in Russia.

A month earlier, Russia demanded that the US until September 1 to reduce the number of employees of its diplomatic missions in Russian territory more than twice — up to 455 people. In addition, American diplomats are forbidden to use the Embassy dacha in Serebryany Bor and warehouse on Road street.

Requirements for U.S. diplomats were filed in response to a law providing for new sanctions against Russia. At the time the law was adopted: the President of the United States Donald trump signed it only on 2 August.

December 29, 2016 the outgoing President Barack Obama signed a decree on the introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the alleged Moscow’s intervention in the American elections.

The US state Department on the same day was declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats, having accused them that they had acted “not in accordance with their diplomatic or consular status.” In addition, Washington said that close two Russian diplomatic villas in Maryland and new York.

Putin said that Russia reserves the right to retaliate, but “would not stoop to the level of kitchen diplomacy.”

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