Plans to reduce American diplomats yet, Ushakov said

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in fotoballoon of the Russian President Yuri Ushakov. Archival photoPlans to reduce American diplomats yet, Ushakov said© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

Russia had no concrete plans to bring the number of employees of the diplomatic corps of the USA in Russia for the same Russian in the United States, said the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.

«It was said from the beginning that we score our permanent mission there (in new York — ed.) that a reserve for the future, but no specific plans in this situation is not» — said Ushakov told reporters.

Earlier, 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 the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the number of employed in the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States. According to the statement of the foreign Ministry, these measures were a response to anti-Russian policy adopted by the us Congress of the new anti-Russian sanctions.

USA 31 August announced new limitations in activities of Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, according to which from September 2, closed the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco and consular properties in Washington and new York.

On Monday, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow will lead the working conditions of the diplomatic missions of Russia in the United States and the United States in Russia to full parity. According to the newspaper «Kommersant», which refers to sources in the foreign Ministry, the American Embassy in Moscow and other cities, in particular, may be deprived of the special Parking spaces around the perimeter of the buildings. It may also be limiting the number of entry points in Russia American diplomats. In addition, the possibility of reducing the number of American diplomats in Russia who are allowed freely to travel outside a certain area around diplomatic missions.

Plans to reduce American diplomats yet, Ushakov said© RIA Novosti, Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures