"We don't have 755 American diplomats in Russia," McFaul wrote on Twitter.

To the remark of journalist Andrew Roth that many of these employees are support staff, not diplomats, McFaul said: "Are we sure 755 Americans will be leaving? We didn't have that many Americans in the entire embassy when I was there."

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"If these cuts are real, Russians should expect to wait weeks if not months to get visas to come to [the] U.S.," he tweeted.

As UNIAN reported earlier, President Vladimir Putin said Russia would expel 755 U.S. diplomatic staff and could consider imposing additional measures against the United States as a response to new U.S. sanctions, although not for now.