Trump Personally Decided to Close Russian Embassy in San Francisco

I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO: The U.S. ordered the closure of three Russian facilities including the Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco

"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".

Russia promised a "harsh response" to the US's order to shut down its diplomatic missions in San Francisco, Washington, and New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today (Friday).

The demand was a retaliatory response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's order that the US cut its diplomatic presence in Russia to 455 people by September 1.

After months of asking the Trump administration to return the compounds, the Kremlin fired back and ordered the U.S.to cut its embassy staff in Russian Federation by 755 employees.

Moscow took that step, with which Washington must comply starting on September 1, to equalize the number of diplomats the U.S. and Russia maintain in each other's countries after a United States reduction in Russian personnel late previous year. The other two diplomatic buildings ordered closed are in San Francisco and NY.




The statement Thursday from the State Department noted that the closures mean both countries will remain with three consulates each.

"If Russia's missions are standard diplomatic properties then they are inviolable under the VDR [Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations] signed by the US", Assange wrote on his Twitter account. The consular annexes to be closed in NY and Washington contain Russian trade missions, the official said. The move is seen as a retaliation by the Trump administration against the expulsion of U.S. diplomats by Russian Federation. "No Russian diplomats are being expelled from the USA in connection with these closures", the official said.

The United States will close three Russian diplomatic facilities in retaliation for the Kremlin's expulsion of American diplomats, the State Department announced Thursday.

On Saturday, the foreign ministry had tweeted a series of images showing what appeared to be USA officials conducting searches of the compounds.

Those sanctions were imposed as punishment for what U.S. intelligence agencies concluded was Moscow's interference in the 2016 United States presidential election, as well as Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.

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