The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that Moscow is leaving itself the right to reciprocate in response to US sanctions against it, stressing that the response will affect US interests.
"We leave ourselves the right to reciprocity and other measures that will affect America's interests," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
"The Russian side is freezing the use of the US Embassy in Russia as of August 1 all the warehouses located on Durozhny Street in Moscow and a building in the area of Sirebni Bor."
Moscow has also proposed that Washington reduce its diplomatic mission in Russia to 455 by September 1.
"Before September 1, we propose to the American side that the number of diplomats and local staff working at the US Embassy in Moscow, and in consulates in Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok be identical to the number of Russian diplomats and local staff in America," the State Department said in a statement. This means that the total number of US diplomats and consulates in Russia will be reduced to 455. "
The Russian Foreign Ministry also condemned the new US sanctions as a serious attack on Russian international affairs.