Russia may require US to reduce the number of their diplomatic mission in the state-aggressor to “real parity”, that is less than the previously proposed 455. This was stated by the Director of the Department of North America of the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation Georgy Borisenko, according to the propaganda online RIA Novosti.
To the question whether the foreign Ministry the possibility of closing one of the American consulates in Russia, Borisenko said that Moscow “does not rule out any options, including the establishment of real parity in the number of employees of diplomatic missions”.
According to the diplomat, demanding previously from the United States reduce its diplomatic personnel in the Russian Federation to parity 455 employees, Russia “gave the Americans a head start,” as in the number 455 of the Russian diplomats working in the United States, composed of the representatives of the permanent mission to the UN in new York, which “do not engage in bilateral Russian-American relations.”
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“If they (U.S. – ed.) is not appreciated, we have a full right of this figure 455 subtract the amount that corresponds to the number of staff of the permanent mission. Then the number of American personnel in Russia should sink to the level of 300 people or less,” – said Borisenko.
31 August 2017, the US state Department has demanded from Russia to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, Chancery division in Washington and the consular office in new York. These measures were adopted by States in response to the limitation of the number of employees of the us diplomatic mission in Russia.