The official said closing Russia's consulate general in San Francisco and two annexes in Washington, DC, and New York City is a response to the "Russian desire for parity in the diplomatic relationship". Nauert said today the US had met that "unwarranted and detrimental" requirement but did not provide details of which staff members were cut or where. She described the new demand on Moscow to reduce its presence in the United States as being "in the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians".
There was no immediate reaction from the Russian government. The administration is not expelling any Russian diplomatic personnel from the United States, nor did it touch the staff at Russia's main embassy in Washington.
U.S. officials have been griping about poor relations with Russian Federation, but as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked about improving ties with Russia's Foreign Ministry, the USA also took another shot at Russian Federation, ordering the closure of its eldest USA consulate, the one in San Francisco, along with two other annexes in the US.
The official would not elaborate on why the administration chose to shutter Russia'sSan Francisco consulate, noting only that it is "one of the oldest and established of the four" that previously existed.
In a statement issued, the ministry explained that the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision.
The closures, which must take place by Saturday, are part of what appears to be an escalating diplomatic struggle between the USA and Russian Federation.
Finally, on July 28th, Russia responded to the provocation by expelling as many as 755 diplomats from the country with a deadline for leaving 1st September and brought down the numbers of USA diplomatic staffs working in Russia in line with the Russians working in the United States.
The U.S. Congress in July overwhelmingly endorsed a new set of sanctions against Moscow over the alleged election interference and for Russia's actions in Syria and Ukraine.
Tillerson and Lavrov are due to meet in September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
In late 2016, former President Barack Obamaordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, and the seizure of two Russian government compounds in response to alleged Russian meddling in the United States presidential election.
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