Russian President Vladimir Putin said that US diplomatic presence in Russia will be cut by 755 people.

The president said that the cut will make the diplomatic missions of Russia and the United States working in the both countries equal.

Putin pointed out that he believes that the reduction is considerable given that over a thousand American personnel who currently live and work in Russia will have to go back to the United States.

Earlier this week, the us congress approved a bill on new sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Russia, with the white house saying that trump intended to sign it. The sanctions, if adopted, will impose further restrictive measures on Russia, particularly against the energy industry, due to Moscow’s alleged interference in 2016 us presidential election and Ukraine‚Äôs internal affairs.

Speaking on the new sanctions, Putin said that Russia will not leave the congress bill without a response. However, Putin noted, he opposes limitations in any sphere of joint activities with the united states that “could be sensitive” to Washington.

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