Kremlin Says Washington Can Decide Which Embassy Staff To Cut

Washington is free to choose the diplomats it wants to take out of Russia, after Kremlin demanded US embassy staff to be cut down.

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Kremlin Says Washington Can Decide Which Embassy Staff To Cut

Russia asked US to cut diplomats after US imposed new sanctions on Russia

Moscow:  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday it would be up to Washington to choose which of its diplomatic staff in Russia would be cut after Russia demanded that it reduce 755 staff members in response to new US sanctions.

He said that Russian citizens working for the United States embassy could be among the 755 staff to go, as well as US diplomats.

Moscow did not wait until President Donald Trump signs the new sanctions into law because "there was no point in waiting" after the legislation was adopted in Congress, Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Christian Lowe)
© Thomson Reuters 2017


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