US says cuts to diplomatic staff in Russia ‘uncalled for’

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755. He did not explain how that figure was determined.

By: AP | Moscow | Published:July 31, 2017 8:13 am
Russia, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, US, US-Russia, US-Russia ties, US-Russia diplomatic ties, Vladimir Putin said more than 1,000 people are currently employed at the Moscow embassy and three US consulates in Russia. (File photo)

The US State Department is calling Russia’s decision to cut hundreds from its diplomatic staff in Russia “a regrettable and uncalled for act.” On Friday, Russian’s Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction by September 1 in the number of US diplomatic personnel in Russia. The order came as a response to new sanctions approved by the US Congress and sent to US President Donald Trump to be signed into law.

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755. He did not explain how that figure was determined.

Putin said more than 1,000 people are currently employed at the Moscow embassy and three US consulates in Russia. They include both Americans and Russians hired to work in the diplomatic offices.

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    CP
    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    In the same manner the sanctions on Russia were uncalled for. Russia helped destroy ISIS. But why is the US unhappy about it? This great achievement not highlighted in the western media
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    nalam virumbi
    Jul 31, 2017 at 11:34 am
    It is better if China, US and Russia break each others heads - the rest of the world can live in peace
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