The Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky in an interview with “Kommersant FM” said the retaliatory sanctions introduced by Russia against American diplomats.
“This is a perfectly adequate response from the Russian side. Can no longer swallow such discriminatory, anti-Russian sanctions,” — said the MP.
The MP promised that Moscow will work in all planes to stop “unreasonable and totally destructive actions” against Russia. In his opinion, Russia is now in a relationship with the United States will have to “bit by bit gnaw common sense where possible.”
Previously, on 28 July, the Russian foreign Ministry has announced that from 1 August the staff of the American Embassy in Moscow will not be able to use the dacha in Serebryany Bor, as well as warehouses on Road street in the capital. In addition, the Russian side has proposed September 1, to reduce to 455 people total number of staff employed in diplomatic missions of the United States in Russia.
The exact number of staff working in diplomatic institutions of the USA in Russia officially is not known, but, according to the source RIA Novosti, their order of 600-700. Thus, the American side will have to cut about 200 to 300 employees, said the Agency interlocutor.
Moscow’s counter-sanctions were a response to a bill toughening anti-Russian sanctions, which is approved by the U.S. Congress but not yet signed by the President. The document provides few restrictions regarding the possibility of funding for banks and oil and gas companies that are under sanctions.