The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov has announced a new downsizing of the us diplomats working in Russia. Such measures will be taken by Moscow in the near future in response to actions of Washington, which closed the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco. Informed about the need to reduce an additional 155 American diplomats said the President of the country Vladimir Putin.
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Moscow is working to bring full parity, the number of Russian diplomats in the U.S. and American in Russia. It will be a response to Washington’s decision to close the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in California, San Francisco. The Embassy was closed to equalize the number of consulates of Russia and the United States.
About the upcoming reduction of the U.S. diplomats, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters at a press conference in the Jordanian capital, where the Russian foreign Minister is on an official visit. The recording of the press conference published on the website of the Ministry in Facebook.
“If they took the parity as a criterion, we now consider the conditions in which the work of American missions in Russia and Russian in the United States and will bring these conditions into full compliance with what is called parity,” — said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.
Moscow had earlier equalized the number of personnel of the American diplomatic mission with the total number operating in the territory of the United States to Russian diplomats, asking for Washington to reduce the number of employees of diplomatic missions to 455 people. Then also considered working at the UN, the Russians, Lavrov said. According to him, these specialists to the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States have no relationship.
“We included in this total figure, this ceiling everyone who works in the office of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. Which, you know, is a separate matter and does not concern bilateral relations,” — said the Minister.
The need to achieve full parity in the number of embassies in Russia and the United States earlier said the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin. He also pointed to the fact that the world organization employs 155 Russian specialists. This is the number you need to reduce the number of staff of diplomatic missions of the United States.