Rus­sia may de­mand US cut di­plo­matic staff to 300

Iran Daily - - International -

Rus­sia’s For­eign Min­istry does not rule out or­der­ing the United States to cut its di­plo­matic staff in Rus­sia to 300 peo­ple or be­low, the RIA news agency cited Ge­orgy Borisenko, the head of the min­istry’s North Amer­ica Depart­ment, as say­ing on Wednesday.

In July, Moscow or­dered the United States to cut the num­ber of its di­plo­matic and tech­ni­cal staff work­ing in Rus­sia by around 60 per­cent, to 455, part of a di­plo­matic row, Reuters re­ported.

The fig­ure of 455 was meant to mir­ror the to­tal num­ber of Rus­sian diplo­mats work­ing in the United States, but also in­cluded Rus­sian na­tion­als work­ing at the United Na­tions in New York, Borisenko told the agency.

“The fact that in the sum­mer we took into ac­count the peo­ple work­ing for Rus­sia’s mis­sion at the UN, this was good­will,” Borisenko told RIA.

“If they haven’t ap­pre­ci­ated this, we have the full right to re­duce ... the num­ber of US diplo­mats,” he said, say­ing Moscow could stop tak­ing Rus­sian UN staff into ac­count when cal­cu­lat­ing what par­ity between the two coun­tries meant.

“In this case, the num­ber of Amer­i­can per­son­nel in Rus­sia should de­cline to a level of 300 or be­low.”


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