US Embassy officials leave their Moscow suburb compound

US officials have left their estate in Moscow after being barred from using it as tensions mount between the administration and Vladimir Putin.

On Sunday, Putin said the U.S. would have to cut 755 of its embassy and consulate staff in Russia - a sweeping reduction which he described as a response to new U.S. sanctions.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also announced closing down a US recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow as well as warehouse facilities.

US Embassy officials were today pictured locking the gate to the Serebryany Bor Park estate

US Embassy officials were today pictured locking the gate to the Serebryany Bor Park estate

Today American staff were pictured leaving the estate in Moscow's Serebryany Bor Park after the Russian government said they could no longer use it

Today American staff were pictured leaving the estate in Moscow's Serebryany Bor Park after the Russian government said they could no longer use it

A U.S. embassy car is seen through the gate at the entrance to the U.S. embassy warehouse building in the south of Moscow

A U.S. embassy car is seen through the gate at the entrance to the U.S. embassy warehouse building in the south of Moscow

Today American staff were pictured leaving the estate in Moscow's Serebryany Bor Park after the Russian government said they could no longer use it.

Putin reacted angrily after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia.

Russian's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction by September

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