USA decided to reduce the size of the diplomatic mission in Russia, said the foreign Ministry

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Moscow did not require US to reduce the number of employees of American diplomatic missions in Russia, said the official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

«It wasn’t a decision, it was the suggestion of the American side. And that the American side had just taken the decision to reduce its staff. This was absolutely not the Russian demand. We suggested. They did what they did,» she said in an interview with TV channel «Rain».

In the summer Moscow has ordered to reduce the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia to 755 to 455 employees. Thus, Moscow has equated the number of employees of American diplomatic missions to the number working in the Russian offices in the United States.

Also Russia has suspended the use of the Embassy of the United States warehouses on a Traffic street and cottages in the Serebryany Bor. According to the statement of the foreign Ministry, these measures were a response to anti-Russian policy adopted by the Congress of the new anti-Russian sanctions.

After that, the U.S. has suspended the procedure for issuing non-immigrant visas across all Russia, from September 1 this procedure resumes, but only in the Embassy in Moscow. Washington explained the innovations to the reduced number of staff of the diplomatic mission. Early American visa issued Consulate in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

While the Russian foreign Ministry said that problems with visas related to the lack of effectiveness of the visa units of the U.S. offices.

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