U.S. shuts down Russia's Consulate in San Francisco

ANI | Updated: Sep 01, 2017 09:49 IST

<p>Washington [U.S.A.], September 1 (ANI): In a series of diplomatic 'tit-for-tat', the <a href="/search?query=Trump administration">Trump administration</a> has ordered <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a> to close its Consulate in San Francisco and to scale back diplomatic presence in New York and Washington.</p><p>This latest order comes in response to the Kremlin's decision to force the <a href="/search?query=United States">United States</a> cut its diplomatic staff in <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>.</p><p>Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson conveyed to <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>'s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, in a phone call, bore all of the hallmarks of a Cold War-era grudge match, the New York Times reported.</p><p><a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>'s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the U.S. law on sanctions against <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a> "has become another link in the chain of unfriendly steps and dangerous for international stability, striking a powerful blow to the prospects for bilateral cooperation."</p><p>The U.S. gave <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a> mere 48 hours to close its San Francisco Consulate, along with smaller <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>n posts in Washington and New York.</p><p>"The <a href="/search?query=United States">United States</a> is prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted," said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. She added the U.S. hoped both countries could now move toward "improved relations" and "increased cooperation."</p><p>"In the spirit of parity invoked by the <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>ns," Nauert, said in a statement, the <a href="/search?query=United States">United States</a> would require <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a> to close the three offices by Saturday.</p><p><a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>n foreign minister Lavrov "expressed regret at the escalation of tension in bilateral relations" and said that the <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>n government would study the move before deciding how to respond, the New York Times quoted Anatoly I. Antonov, <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>'s new ambassador to the <a href="/search?query=United States">United States</a> as saying.</p><p><a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>'s new Ambassador to the <a href="/search?query=United States">United States</a> Anatoly I. Antonov was greeted by the news of the U.S. ordering closing down of <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>n Consulate in San Francisco. The <a href="/search?query=Russia">Russia</a>n envoy said that Moscow would respond without "hysterical outbursts."</p><p>Antonov said, "It's necessary to calmly sort things out, It's necessary to act calmly and professionally." (ANI)</p>