And takes a swipe at his "American partners"
The Russian government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta is citing Putin as having said that Moscow imposed a limit of 455 US diplomatic staff in Russia, because that is the combined number of staff of the Russian diplomatic missions to the United States, and the United Nations, on US soil.
Thus the Russian and American missions to Washington and Moscow are actually still not at parity. The former actually has only 300 staff. Putin continues to say Russia therefore reserves the right to order another reduction in US staff, but wants to see how situation develops first.
Putin also takes a swipe at US elites explaining that it is "difficult to have a dialogue with people who confuse Austria with Australia".