United States orders Russian Federation to shut down Consulate in San Francisco

After US Orders Consulate Closure, Lavrov Warns It 'Takes Two to Tango'

The warning on Friday, from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came as Russian Federation said it was weighing a response to the USA move that will force it to shutter two trade missions in the United States as well as the San Francisco consulate by September 2. The administration is not expelling any Russian diplomatic personnel from the United States, nor does the move affect the staff at Russia's main embassy in Washington.

The law, overwhelmingly approved by a bipartisan majority in the two chambers of Congress, includes sanctions affecting the Russian oil and mining industries in response to Moscow's presumed interference in the 2016 presidential elections to harm Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was ultimately defeated by Trump.

"In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians", Nauert said, the United States has required the Russian government to close its San Francisco consulate and two annexes in Washington, D.C. and NY by September 2.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Moscow needs to analyze the latest US move before responding.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday dismissed US claim that the escalation was initiated by Russia, saying that Moscow will "carefully study" the new measures announced by the Americans before announcing their reaction.

Confirmed Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, that Russia is ready for constructive cooperation with the United States, noting that "Tango" dance need for two people, not one person.

The tit-for-tat leaves Russian Federation and the U.S. with three consulates each in the other's country. Washington had to reduce its diplomatic staff by 755 people.

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Lavrov says Moscow has asked Washington in confidential conversations if it realizes that US allies South Korea and Japan would suffer the most if the North's nuclear missile tests provoke a military conflict.

Acrid, black smoke has been seen pouring from a chimney at the Russian consulate in San Francisco a day after the Trump administration ordered its closure amid escalating tensions between the United States and Russia.

The move was the latest tit-for-tat action in worsening relations between Washington and Moscow, despite President Donald Trump's expressions of friendliness toward President Vladimir Putin. She said no Russian diplomats are being expelled - the diplomats in those three building may be reassigned to other Russian consulates in the U.S.

He has made a choice and does not plan to discuss this over the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior U.S. administration official told RIA Novosti.

The official would not elaborate on how many positions were cut or whether the employees had been transferred.

After making the announcement, U.S. officials said that they hope that the two sides "can avoid further retaliatory actions. and move forward to achieve the stated goal of both of our presidents: improved relations between our two countries".

White House officials later told reporters the president was being sarcastic.

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