In a ‘tit-for-tat’ move against Russia ordering almost 800 U.S. diplomats to leave the country, the Trump administration has ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Fransisco and reduce operations in New York and Washington, D.C. It described Moscow’s actions to reduce Washington’s diplomatic staff ‘unwarranted.’
“The United States has fully implemented the decision by the Government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia…We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relation between our countries,” read a state by the U.S. State Department.
“In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, we are requiring the Russian Government to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington D.C., and a consular annex in New York,” it said, setting a Sept.2 deadline, reported Associated Press.
The slowing of visa issuance within the Russian Federation by the United States caused anger in Moscow as it will put pressure on the Kremlin. This new action will even further solidify division between both nations.