The state Department commented on Medvedev’s statement about relations with the United States

The United States and Russia must find areas for cooperation. This was stated at a briefing, state Department spokesman Heather Nauert. Her words leads RIA Novosti.

“We the two nuclear superpowers. And people around the world agree that the US and Russia should be able to work with each other. Look at the ceasefire in the South-West of Syria, which has been observed for almost a month. And this is a good example of cooperation between the US and Russia,” she said.

Answering the question on Medvedev’s statement, Nauert noted that relations between the two countries are low, but needs to “find areas for cooperation.”

However, she did not comment on Medvedev’s statement that new US sanctions against Russia is tantamount to a trade war. “If Russia is saying, it is, of course, has the right to speak, but more on this subject, I can’t say anything,” said Neuert.

Commenting on Moscow’s decision to reduce the number of American diplomats in Russia, Nauert said that this would harm the Russians themselves.

Wednesday, August 2, the President of the United States Donald trump signed a law on new anti-Russian sanctions, which the us Senate adopted on 27 July.

A new package of sanctions, in particular, prohibits American companies and individuals to lend to Russian banks for more than 14 days (previously the deadline was 90 days). The document also limits the term of financing of Russian oil and gas companies.

In response to the passage of the bill to expand sanctions, Moscow has decided to demand from Washington to September 1, to reduce the staff of the American diplomatic missions to 455 people. We are talking about the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok. In addition, the Russian side suspended from August 1 the use of the Embassy of the United States warehouses on a Traffic street in Moscow and cottages in the Serebryany Bor.

In December 2016, the administration of US President Barack Obama has decided to send 35 Russian diplomats and close access to diplomatic dachas in the States of Maryland and new York.