In what many are calling a long overdue move, Moscow has announced that it will reduce the number of US diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 (the same number of Russian diplomatic staff currently allowed in the US), as well as block US Embassy personnel from using a storage facility and dacha.
Moscow has told the US to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, and is also halting the use of embassy storage facilities in the capital, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The retaliatory move comes after the US Congress approved new sanctions against Russia.
“The Russian side is suspending the use of all storage facilities on Dorozhnaya Street in Moscow, and a cottage in Serebryaniy Bor by the US Embassy in Russia as of August 1,” the ministry said in a statement.
The number of US diplomatic service staff in Russia should be reduced to equal the number of Russian diplomats in the US by September 1, Moscow says.
Of course, Trump hasn’t signed the new sanctions into law yet. This is a warning. And it’s also a clear signal to Washington that Moscow is running out of patience.
Recall, back in January, that Lavrov and other officials stated that they wanted to give the Trump administration time to right Obama’s wrongs. It seems that the Kremlin isn’t so sure that will ever happen.
The real question now is: What does Trump do? Signing off on the sanctions ensures complete disaster for the United States. But a veto would probably lead to mass hysteria among the already completely deluded American public.
So … good luck, all.