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    US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that Venezuela did not violate the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by demanding the US Embassy to reduce staff to 17 people from the current number of 100.

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) speaks during a rally to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the social uprising known as 'Caracazo', which Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez said marked the start of his revolution, in Caracas in this February 28, 2015 picture provided by Miraflores Palace.
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Venezuela has the right to cut down the number of staff employed at US Embassy in the country, the State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

    On Monday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez gave the American diplomatic mission a 15-day notice to reduce their staff to 17 people from the current number of 100.

    "It is not a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations for a country to place a limitation on the size of a foreign mission," Harf said, at a press briefing on Wednesday.

    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro noted that the country's embassy in Washington had 17 staffers and urged the US Embassy to trim down the number of their diplomats in Caracas accordingly.

    Last week, president Maduro said the country's security agencies had detained several US citizens, including a pilot, suspected of espionage activities on Venezuelan territory.

    Maduro has also announced that Venezuela was planning to introduce mandatory visas for US citizens entering the country.


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