The Russian Embassy in the United States explained the decisions of Moscow on measures against Washington

Russia had not resorted to retaliatory measures against the United States, if Washington had not adopted the laws on sanctions and expelled the Russian diplomats. About it as transfers TASS, said the press service of the Russian Embassy in the United States.

“Exchange “injections” — not our choice,” — said the Embassy.

“We also advocate for the improvement of bilateral relations and the search for areas of cooperation. However, this must be done not based on pressure, and on the basis of each other’s interests and mutual respect”, — said the press service.

The US President Donald trump on 2 August signed a law on new anti-sanctions, which Congress passed on July 27. The document envisages a number of restrictions that relate to funding opportunities for banks and oil companies under the restrictions.

Moscow in the answer has decided to close the us Embassy staff access to the cottage in Serebryany Bor and warehouses in the South of the city. In addition, the Russian foreign Ministry suggested Washington until September 1 to reduce the total number of personnel of the diplomatic mission in the country to 455 people, that is 755 people.