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Russian Federation may demand USA to reduce diplomats to 300 or fewer

12 October 2017

Moscow has lodged a protest with Washington, accusing USA officials of tearing down Russian flags from two of its diplomatic missions in the country, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Commenting on the situation, a US Department of State official told that Russian flags were "respectfully" lowered by US officials at former Russian properties in Washington, DC and San Francisco, when the buildings were closed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia intends, if necessary, to demand the United States should reduce the American diplomatic mission further.

She said Moscow regards the incident as an outrage against Russia's state symbol, adding that Moscow has already "expressed a strong protest to the United States".

"The Russian side will decide on retaliatory measures", Zakharova said. We perceive this as an "extremely unfriendly move, the statement said".

Russian Federation was ordered to vacate its San Francisco consulate and two other consular annexes after Moscow instructed the reduce its diplomatic mission by hundreds of people.

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"We demand an immediate end to the takeover of our property in the U.S. which is accompanied by offensive actions", Antonov added.

Russia vehemently opposed the U.S. move to take down its flags from its ceased diplomatic properties in San Francisco, Sputnik quoted the statement of the Russian embassy in Washington D.C. On Wednesday this week they removed Russian flags from the roofs of the San Francisco consular office and the office of the Russian Trade Representative in Washington, DC.

In July, Moscow wanted 455 to reduce number of diplomatic and technical personnel working in Russian Federation to United States after tension of relations between two countries, 60 per cent.

The latest diplomatic spat is the latest twist in tortured ties between the USA and Russian Federation, which have slumped to their lowest point since the Cold War following the Kremlin's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

In early August this year, US President Donald Trump signed a bill imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation - and also on Iran and North Korea - simultaneously stating that the motion was "seriously flawed" and blasting the US Congress for applying pressure to see the bill signed into law.

Russian Federation may demand USA to reduce diplomats to 300 or fewer