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Friday, August 11, 2017

Trump strikes back: the United States can close the Russian Consulate General

US authorities are considering the option of closing one of the Russian consulates in response to Moscow’s decision to significantly reduce the staff of the American diplomatic mission in Russia. On Friday, August 11, according to “Kommersant” citing its sources.

photo: Alexander Astafyev

Thus, Washington expects the number of Russian consulates to parity. It is known that this issue was discussed during the meeting, the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson in Moscow.

Then the head of the U.S. state Department said that Washington will announce their intention before 1 September. It is noted that from the point of view of the American authorities, Moscow’s actions are not seen as mirror measures, and how unreasonable steps to escalate the conflict.

Note that the US to the Consulate General: Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg. In turn, Russia is in the U.S. there are four: in new York, San Francisco, Seattle and Houston.

Recall that in late December last year, leaving President Barack Obama has deported 35 Russian diplomats and blocked access to Russian diplomatic residences.

Moscow for half a year, sought the return of property, but to negotiate with Washington on the issue failed. Given the new sanctions imposed upon Russia by the U.S. President Donald trump, the Kremlin took the decision to reduce the number of staff of the us diplomatic mission in Russia to 755 people, and demanded the release of the country from the U.S. Embassy in Serebryany Bor.

In turn, trump thanked Vladimir Putin for the downsizing of the us diplomatic mission, noting that Washington will be able to save some money.

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