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Russia seizes U.S. Embassy properties in Moscow, orders a reduction of American diplomats

Russia seizes U.S. Embassy properties in Moscow, orders a reduction of American diplomats

The Kremlin on Friday ordered the United States to reduce the number of American diplomats in retaliation for a new Russian sanctions bill passed this week in the U.S. Congress.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the number of American diplomats in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and its four consulates across the country should be reduced to 455, the same as the number of Russian diplomats currently serving in the U.S., by Sept. 1.

The ministry also seized two American diplomatic properties, including cottages just outside Moscow’s city center and a warehouse facility in Moscow.

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