Russia to expel 755 US diplomats
July 31, Moscow: The Russian government has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow.
According to reports, President Vladimir Putin had decided to expel staff on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by 1 September, which brings down the staff levels to 455, the same as Russia's complement in Washington."We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it," a state department official said.
Mr Putin did strike a conciliatory note, saying he did not want to impose more measures, but also said he could not see ties changing "anytime soon".
Mr Putin told Russian television: "More than 1,000 people were working and are still working" at the US embassy and consul ates, and that "755 people must stop their activities in Russia."Russia has also said it is seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by US diplomats.
The Oslo Times International News Network