Putin tells US staff to leave

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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