Moscow Is Forced to React to US Sanctions – Russian Diplomats
Russian government would have never taken response measures against the United States if Washington imposed sanctions on Russia and never expelled Russian diplomats, the Russian embassy in the United States stated.
"If the United States’ former administration did not expel Russian diplomats and close access to the Russian diplomatic property and if the current administration did not adopt the sanction act, we would not have had to apply to these measures. Russia continues strives for improving bilateral relations and finding areas of cooperation. But it should not be done under pressure. It should be done on the basis of due account of each other’s interests and mutual trust", the embassy said.
On July 28, the Russian foreign ministry demanded that by September 1 Washington is to reduce the number of diplomatic and technical staff at the US embassy in Moscow and its consulates general in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, in order to match the number of Russian diplomatic personnel working in the United States. It means that the total number of US diplomatic personnel is to be cut to 455. In case the US takes further unilateral steps to cut Russian diplomatic staff, retaliatory measures will follow, the Russian foreign ministry warned.