It is offered to do this until September 1 and the reason for this is the decision of the US Senate to toughen the sanctions against Russia. This number is determined by the number of the Russian diplomats in the US.
'The passage of the new law on sanctions evidently showed that the relation with Russia is under siege of the inner-political struggle in the US. Moreover, the new law aims to create the dishonest competitive advantages in the global economy for the US using the policy tools. Such blackmail aims to restrict the cooperation of the foreign partners with Russia and it is the threat for many countries and international businesses, the Foreign Ministry claimed.
'Within this framework we offer to the American side to decrease the number of the diplomats and technical staff who work in the US Embassy in Moscow, in consulate-general in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok precisely to the number of the Russian diplomats and the technical staff who work in the US. It means that the total number of the staff of the US diplomatic and consular establishments in Russia should be 455 people. In the case of the new unilateral actions of the American authorities that aim to decrease the umber of our diplomats in the US we will show the tit-for-tat response', the message stated.
The Foreign Ministry also claimed that the Russian side stops the usage of the warehouses in Moscow and the summer house in Serebryany Bor by the American Embassy until August 1.