Russia revokes parking privileges for US diplomats
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Russia has rescinded the parking privileges for American diplomats, contributing to the latest in a series of tit-for-tat responses between Washington and Moscow.

The spaces once designated as special parking outside the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg have been painted over with a pedestrian crossing, The Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing a report by state-owned television channel Rossiya 24.


Signs outside the U.S. consulate in Yekaterinburg that once warded off other vehicles from occupying the diplomatic corps's reserved spots have also been removed.

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After Congress passed a new sanctions bill in July that hit Russian businesses and individuals, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic staff from about 1,200 to 455 by the start of September.

The countries continued to slap back at one another, expelling diplomatic officials and closing missions.

Maria Olson, a spokeswoman at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, declined the newswire’s request for comment on the loss of parking spots.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that the Kremlin was also considering demanding that the U.S. diplomatic mission reduce its staff by an additional 155 employees.

"If they have taken parity as a criterion … we will bring these conditions into full compliance with what is called parity," Lavrov reportedly said at a news conference Monday.