The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova

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TASS, August 17. Moscow is waiting for Washington’s official explanations on the progress of the downsizing of American diplomatic missions in Russia. On Thursday spokesman of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“The U.S. side said that the official answer to what was proposed by the Russian side, within a specified time. At least, this is mentioned several times in the course of our diplomatic contacts, – said Zakharov. Accordingly, we are waiting for official statements, explanations from the United States. Don’t know in what form they will do it” .

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In late July, Moscow proposed to Washington by the 1st of September to bring the number of American diplomatic and technical staff in Russia in exact accordance with the same Russian representatives in the United States.

Thus, the total number of personnel in U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia, is reduced to 455 people, and to leave the territory of the Russian Federation have 755 employees.

In addition, from 1 August, Russia has suspended the use of the Embassy of the United States of all storage areas on a Traffic street in Moscow and cottages in the Serebryany Bor.