US Requires Russia to Close San Francisco Consulate, Other Offices

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Department of State has announced the latest move in its ongoing diplomatic feud with Russia.

Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the Russian consulate in San Francisco as well as Russian diplomatic annexes in Washington and New York must close by Saturday, Sept. 2.

The decision was made in light of the Kremlin’s recent demand that the United States slash its diplomatic staff in Russia by more than 755 workers.

Nauert blasted that demand in Thursday’s statement, but added the decision to close three additional Russian offices in the U.S. was made, “in the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians.”

So, the two countries now have equal staffing levels, and by Saturday, they’ll have an equal number of consulates.

While Nauert says the U.S. wants to move forward with a focus on improved relations, she says it stands ready to take additional action as warranted.