Kremlin: US to decide itself on whom to send back from Russia
Washington would decide itself on whom to send back from Russia within the set terms, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"This is the choice of the US, these will be both diplomats and technical staff. We are not speaking only about diplomats, there are no that many (US) diplomats (in Russia), this refers to diplomats and persons having no diplomatic status, we well as people hired at the site - Russian nationals working there," TASS cited Peskov as saying.
He added that the employees of the US Embassy in Moscow were given enough time to leave the country on compassionate grounds.
"This is a regular practice," Peskov explained. "Demanding such massive downsizing within a term like the one that was given to our diplomats on New Year’s Eve would be inhuman and incorrect." He noted that the provided term until September 1 does not mean there couldn’t be any dialogue in this regard.
Answering the question about conditions under which Moscow could take new retaliatory moves against the US, Peskov reiterated President Vladimir Putin’s words that Russia reserves "the right to respond with other measures," which, however, he does not deem as necessary now, as "on the whole Russia is interested in continuing cooperation there where it meets its interests".