U.S. Em­bassy told to cut staff

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

MOSCOW — Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said Sun­day the United States would have to cut its em­bassy and con­sulate staff in Rus­sia by 755 un­der new sanc­tions from Moscow.

Rus­sian’s For­eign Min­istry on Fri­day or­dered a re­duc­tion by Sept. 1 in the num­ber of U.S. diplo­matic per­son­nel in Rus­sia. It said it is or­der­ing the U.S. Em­bassy to limit the num­ber of em­bassy and con­sular em­ploy­ees in the coun­try to 455 in re­sponse to the U.S. Se­nate’s ap­proval of a new pack­age of sanc­tions.

“We had hoped that the sit­u­a­tion will some­how change, but ap­par­ently if it changes, it won’t be soon,” Putin said in an in­ter­view tele­vised on Ros­siya 1, ex­plain­ing why Moscow de­cided to re­tal­i­ate. “I thought it was the time to show that we’re not go­ing to leave it with­out an an­swer.”

Rus­sia is open to co-op­er­at­ing with the U.S. on var­i­ous is­sues, in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism and cy­ber­crime, but in­stead it “only hears un­founded ac­cu­sa­tions of med­dling in U.S. do­mes­tic af­fairs,” he said.

Putin said more than 1,000 peo­ple are cur­rently em­ployed at the Moscow em­bassy and three U.S. con­sulates in Rus­sia.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.