The US has demanded that Russia close their consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and NY. This is in retaliation for (Russia) cutting American diplomatic presence in the country.
“We believe this action (diplomatic staff cut) was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said this morning. “In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, the United States has required the Russian government to close its San Francisco consulate and two annexes in Washington, D.C. and New York by Sept. 2.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed Russian FM Sergei Lavrov in a phone call today. Lavrov “expressed regret” about the decision during the phone call with Tillerson. “Moscow will closely study the new measures announced by the Americans, after which our reaction will be conveyed,” the Russian FM said.
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