Russian Federation to demand U.S. to reduce diplomatic personnel to 300 or below

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington. Reuters file

"They shall be inviolable always and everywhere, even if a consular institution stops working", the official representative for the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs said.

"Obviously the Russian side has never agreed to its flags being removed", she added, calling the removal "a violation of a Russian state symbol".

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has blamed Washington for backtracking on its commitment to fix ties with Moscow.

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She said that by breaking into the Russian diplomatic properties, the USA special services showed that they were ready for Moscow to act in a similar manner.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has once again expressed its indignation at how the U.S. authorities handle Russian diplomatic facilities that had been closed in the United States in response to Russia's move to expel American diplomats from Russia.

In December 2016, two Russian diplomatic properties in NY and Maryland used by Russian diplomats were closed by the Obama administration over accusations of alleged Russian hacking during the presidential election.

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The chair of the State Duma Committee for International Relations says Russia could take additional reciprocal measures "at a legislative level" in reply to fresh sanctions and unlawful treatment of Russian diplomatic property in the US.

The Russian Embassy in Washington has forwarded an official protest to the U.S. authorities with a demand to return Russian state symbols to their flag poles.

"We demand an immediate halt to the systematic seizure of our property in the United States accompanied by abusive actions", he said.

Ashish Nehra set to retire from cricket on November 1
He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He has played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 ODIs (157 wickets) and 26 T20Is (34 wickets).

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.

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