Russia: Moscow does not want to escalate situation around US diplomats

September 12, 2017 18:00

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MOSCOW, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Moscow does not want to escalate the situation around US diplomats in Russia, Russian news agencies cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Tuesday after talks with US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon in Helsinki.

Ryabkov said Moscow is not currently planning to further reduce the number of US diplomatic staff in Russia, the agencies reported.

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