The US President Donald trump said that he is grateful to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a reduction in the number of employees of the American diplomatic mission in Russia.
«I want to thank him (Putin – approx. ed.) because we are trying to reduce personnel costs. As regards me, I am very glad that he fired a large number of people, because we have fewer States. There is no reason that they (the staff – approx. ed.) returned», – quotes trump RIA Novosti.
We will remind, on July 30, Putin in interview to the program «Vesti» reported that the staff of the American diplomatic missions in Russia will be reduced by 755 people. Russia will remain 455 employees of American diplomatic missions. This corresponds to the number of employees of the Russian diplomatic missions in the United States.
On the question of why Moscow has taken this step now, the Russian President said: «Because the American side made an unprovoked, which is very important step in the deterioration of Russian-American relations: unlawful restrictions on attempting to influence other countries, including its allies, who are interested in developing and maintaining relations with the Russian Federation. We’ve been expecting, maybe something will change for the better, had such a hope that the situation will somehow change. But, apparently, if she will change, not soon. I’m not talking about all the reasons of domestic nature within the United States. But we must, I felt, to show that we, too, have no answer to leave anything won’t.»