Putin Says US Diplomatic Missions In Russia Will Be Cut

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MOSCOW (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday (July 30) said US diplomatic missions in Russia will be cut by 755 people, according to Russian state media.

“As for other possible measures, or whether it is a lot or not, this is quite sensible from the point of view of the work of the diplomatic department, because a thousand or so employees — diplomats and technical workers have worked, and still work in Russia, 755 will have to stop their activities in the Russian Federation,” Putin said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday (July 28) demanded that the United States cut its diplomatic staff in Russia and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties in a sharp response to a new sanctions bill the US Congress passed a day earlier.