Russian Federation wants the US to reduce diplomatic personnel further

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"If they haven't appreciated this, we have the full right to reduce. the number of USA diplomats", he said, adding that Moscow could stop taking Russian U.N. staff into account when calculating what parity between the two countries meant.

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. "They touched our national symbols with their hands", Russia's Trade Representative to the United States Alexander Stadnik said.

In late August, the United States ordered Russian Federation to close its consulate in San Francisco and two other installations as relations between the two former Cold War enemies took another dive.

Russian flags were removed from the Russian consulate general in San Francisco by U.S. authorities, a State Department official said.

Russia vehemently opposes the U.S. move to take down Russian flags from its ceased diplomatic properties in San Francisco, the Russian embassy in Washington, DC said in a statement on Wednesday.

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In July, Moscow ordered the United States to cut the number of its diplomatic and technical staff working in Russian Federation by around 60%, to 455, part of a diplomatic row, Reuters reported.

"Such steps only complicate US-Russian dialogue", he said in televised remarks.

Earlier, Russian flags were removed from the buildings of the Consulate General in San Francisco and the Trade Representation in Washington, DC.

The West slapped punishing sanctions on Russian Federation over its meddling in its ex-Soviet neighbour, sparking a revenge embargo from Moscow against agricultural products.

"We demand an immediate return our state symbols to their place and prevents such incidents in the future".

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