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U.S. tells Russian Federation to close its San Francisco consulate, annexes

U.S. tells Russian Federation to close its San Francisco consulate, annexes

According to him, such a way is not totally excluded despite the "war of words" between the two countries, and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested recently: "Perhaps we are seeing our pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue".

President Donald Trump expressed gratitude, rather than anger, toward Putin when was asked about the Russian action to reduce U.S. Embassy personnel in Moscow. The legislation swept through Congress with bipartisan support, receiving only two "no" votes in the Senate and three in the House.

The State Department says the move is in response to the Kremlin forcing a cut in USA diplomatic staff in Moscow. "We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries".

The U.S. on Thursday ordered Russian Federation to shutter three diplomatic buildings by September 2, APA reports the Washington Post.

In July, Putin said 755 diplomatic staff - both Russian and American - would have to stop work by Friday, September 1, although the US State Department has not confirmed the number.

With this action both countries will remain with three consulates each, she added.

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Nauert, however, warned "the United States is prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted". The order affects Russia's "chancery annex" in Washington and a "consular annex" in NY.

Moscow will still maintain more diplomatic and consular annexes than the United States does in Russian Federation.

This decision by the U.S.is not irreversible, however. "We have informed the Russians that they may be reassigned to other diplomatic posts". The only authorized activity will be maintenance and protection of the property.

Mr Tillerson and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov have frequently exchanged sharp words. It was a "professional" call in which both sides reiterated a desire to improve relations between the two countries. Additionally, the United States will not force Russia to reduce the size of its staff in the country and will allow them to operate in other US -based Russian consular offices, a senior administration official told reporters in a conference call Thursday.

A chancery annex "means the principal offices of a foreign mission (as defined in the Foreign Missions Act) used for diplomatic or related purposes, and any annexes to these offices or support facilities, and includes the site and any buildings on the site".


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