Russia: Moscow Does Not Want to Escalate Situation Around U.S. Diplomats

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. (Reuters/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool)

Moscow does not want to escalate the situation around U.S. diplomats in Russia, Russian news agencies cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Tuesday after talks with U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon in Helsinki.

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