Putin tells US staff to leave
President Vladimir Putin has said the United States will have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755 under new sanctions from Moscow.
On Friday, Russia’s foreign ministry ordered a reduction by September 1 in the number of US diplomats in the country.
It said it is ordering the US embassy to limit the number of embassy and consular employees in the country to 455 in response to the US 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,” Mr Putin said in a televised interview.
Russia is open to cooperating with the US on various issues including terrorism and cybercrime but instead it “only hears unfounded accusations of meddling in US domestic affairs”, he said.