Russia set to reduce U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow from 455 to 300

- Russia set to reduce U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow from 455 to 300.

- Aiming to reduce U.S
diplomats in Russia from 455 to at least 300.
Russia is considering reduce U.S. diplomatic presence in Moscow according to reports from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

In July, Moscow ordered the United States to cut the number of its diplomatic and technical staff working in Russia by around 60 percent, to 455, part of a diplomatic row.

According to Georgy Borisenko, the head of Russia's Foreign Ministry, the U.S. diplomat count of 455 in Moscow was designed to reflect Russia's amount in the U.S including its diplomatic staff at the United Nations in New York.

“The fact that in the summer we took into account the people working for Russia’s mission at the UN, this was good will,” Borisenko told RIA.

“If they haven’t appreciated this, we have the full right to reduce ... the number of U.S. diplomats,” he said, saying Moscow could stop taking Russian U.N. staff into account when calculating what parity between the two countries meant.

“In this case, the number of American personnel in Russia should decline to a level of 300 or below.”

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