Lavrov warned the US a new reduction in the number of diplomats


RIA Novosti

Moscow will soon reduce the number of American Embassy staff in Russia. This statement was made by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The speech of the diplomat published in the account of the Ministry in Facebook.

“If they took the parity as a criterion, we now consider the conditions in which the work of American missions in Russia and Russian in the United States and will bring these conditions into full compliance with what is called parity,” Lavrov said.

His statement Lavrov made at a press conference in Amman, the Jordanian capital. This requirement will push Moscow to Washington in connection with the demand of the American authorities to close the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco. In addition, the US authorities demanded to close one diplomatic facility in new York and Washington. Probably, the number of employees of the US diplomatic mission in Russia will be reduced by 155 people. That is the figure previously called Russian President Vladimir Putin.

July 28, Moscow has reduced the number of employees of the us diplomatic mission in Russia up to 455 people. Just to 1 September 2017 the number of staff of the US diplomatic mission has been slashed by 755 people. In addition, from 1 August, the us diplomats denied access to the Embassy dacha in Serebryany Bor, and storage areas on a Traffic street in Moscow. In response, the US 23 August imposed restrictions on the issuance of nonimmigrant visas throughout Russia. The procedure was resumed from September 1 in Moscow.

At the end of 2016, the U.S. has expanded the package of anti-sanctions under the pretext “of Moscow’s interference in the election of the President.” The administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama has deported 35 Russian diplomats and seized diplomatic garden in new York and Washington. In the Kremlin all the charges in influencing the presidential campaign in the United States deny.