US ambassador voices ‘strong disappointment & protest’ at Russia cutting diplomatic staff
Moscow has also reserved the right to impose additional retaliatory measures in the event of new steps by Washington, warning that they could affect US interests.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov, met Tefft on Friday to deliver the statement from the Foreign Ministry on the reduction of diplomatic staff and US diplomatic compounds.
Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said that Moscow’s reaction is adequate, balanced and relevant to the current sorry state of bilateral relations.
“We did everything we could to save relations from collapse but the Americans did just the opposite,” Kosachev wrote on Facebook.