Moscow will lead the working conditions of the diplomatic missions of Russia and the United States to the full parity

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase fotoangelo in the USA in MoscowMoscow will lead the working conditions of the diplomatic missions of Russia and the United States to the full parity© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

Moscow is fully equalize the working conditions of American diplomats in Russia and Russian in the United States, said the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov at a press conference.

He reminded that Moscow has shown «good will» to include a list of employees of the Russian diplomatic missions in the United States and those working in representation at the UN. Thus, according to Lavrov, diplomats at the United Nations — a topic which is not related to bilateral relations.

«The United States would have pocketed this our kind gesture and said the Russians want parity, then let them close one of the four consulates General, because in Russia we have only three consulates General. 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 USA», — the Minister added.

He promised to bring these conditions «in accordance with what is called the parity».

Last summer Moscow proposed to reduce the staff of the American diplomatic missions in Russia to 755 to 455. Thus, the number came in line with the number of employees of the Russian diplomatic missions in the United States. These measures were a response to anti-Russian policy adopted by the Congress of new sanctions against Moscow.

USA, in turn, demanded to close the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and two buildings of trade representative offices in Washington and new York, citing the reduction in the number of employees of the us Embassy. In the Consulate building were searched, the foreign Ministry called such actions «raider seizure of diplomatic property,» and gross violation of international norms.

Later in Washington, said they want to stop the exchange of diplomatic action with Russia on the principle of «an eye for an eye».

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