Putin Says United States Must Cut 755 From Diplomatic Staff in Russia

The move comes in response to Congressional approval for new sanctions against Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755, heightening tensions between Washington and Moscow three days after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia. In response, the U.S. State Department deemed it “a regrettable and uncalled for act.” Russian’s Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction by Sept. 1 in the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia. It said it…

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