The Russian Foreign Ministry on July 28 suspended the use of all US Embassy warehouses and its compound in Moscow and also offered the US to cut down the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people by September 1. The move came amid a new US anti-Russia sanctions bill and follows a series of restriction measures imposed by Washington since 2014. It is similar to Washington's decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats and suspend the use of diplomatic assets by Moscow in late 2016.
Any complication of the work of Russian diplomats in the United States will signal that Washington is not ready to normalize relations, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Monday.
United States President Donald Trump’s remark expressing gratitude for Russia President Vladimir Putin’s decision to cut the number of US diplomatic staff in Russia was sarcastic, media reports.
US President Donald Trump's comment on Russia's decision to expel US diplomats points at the fact that this decision is painful for Washington, Dmitry Novikov, the first deputy chairman of the International Affairs Committee of Russia's lower house of parliament, told Sputnik Friday.
Russian Senator, the first deputy chairman of the parliament's upper chamber's Defense and Security Committee, Frants Klintsevich mocked US President Donald Trump over his expression of gratitude to Moscow over the reduction of US diplomatic mission in Moscow.
Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul harshly criticized US President Donald Trump on Friday for his remarks about Russia's recent expulsion of US diplomats, since instead of retaliating, Trump said he was grateful to the Russian leader for helping the United States save money.
Russia will respond to possible new unfriendly US actions, the country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, adding that Moscow is ready for the normalization of dialogue with the United States.
During the bilateral meeting between Russian Foreign Minister and his American counterpart Sergei Lavrov commented on Russian retaliatory measures in response to the recently introduced US anti-Russia sanctions.
Media reports claiming that the US embassy in Russia had deliberately increased the number of refusals in visa applications are false, the embassy said Tuesday.
Moscow's decision to reduce the number of American diplomats in Russia was fully justified, a Russian expert told Sputnik.
All cars with diplomatic license plates left US Embassy’s former compound in the Serebryany Bor park in Moscow, according to a correspondent.
The Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday that Moscow didn't create specifically any obstacles that could hamper the US diplomats to move out from their summer house in the Serebryany Bor reserve.
The decision to cut the number of US diplomats in Russia was made not only in the light of Washington’s upcoming sanctions against Moscow but also as a response to the United States’ actions in December, when the Russian diplomats were abruptly expelled, a Russian lawmaker said.
The US diplomats have been denied access to a diplomatic summer house in Moscow for the past two days, Maria Olson, a spokeswoman at the US Embassy in Moscow told RIA Novosti on Monday.
Moscow has announced a major cut in the US diplomatic presence in Russia, choosing not to wait for President Trump to sign a new anti-Russian sanctions bill prepared by Congress. US politics expert Vladimir Vasilyev says Moscow's move is a hint to Trump that Russia wants to stop the sanctions-countersanctions back and forth from going any further.
If the United States takes retaliatory measures in response to Russia's decision to reduce the number of US diplomatic staff, Moscow will come up with a tit-for-tat response, chairman of the Russian upper chamber of parliament's foreign affairs committee Konstantin Kosachev told Sputnik on Monday.
Russia will take reciprocal diplomatic measures if the US embassy in Russia decides to increase the time necessary the process entry visas for Russian citizens, Igor Morozov, a member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told Sputnik on Monday.
The US Embassy in Russia does not rule out the possibility that the forced reduction of the staff of the US diplomatic missions could lead to a slowdown of consular activities in the country, the embassy said Monday.
The Pentagon announced on Monday that the expulsion of US diplomats from Russia won't affect military operations.
The United States has to abandon attempts of "sanctions diktat" and show the political will to improve relations with Russia to stop the aggravation of "political schizophrenia" that grips the Moscow-Washington ties, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
Commenting on the new set of US punitive measures against Russia, which is waiting to be approved by President Trump, Russian political analyst Alexei Fenenko explained to Sputnik Radio in what particular spheres Moscow's response could be the most sensitive.
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