U.S. Orders Russia To Close Its Consulate In San Francisco
The United States has ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco as well as two annexes in Washington and New York in response to the Kremlin’s recent drastic reduction of US diplomatic staff in their country.
The State Department said the decision was made “in the spirit of parity,” adding that the closures needed to be completed this weekend.
Along with the San Francisco consulate, the installations ordered closed were a chancery annex in Washington, where Moscow has a giant embassy complex, and a consular annex in New York.
US State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert in a statement says, ‘the United States has fully implemented the decision by the government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia, We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries,” she added, noting that, with the closures ordered, “both countries will remain with three consulates each’.