Thursday, August 31, 2017

U.S. Orders The Closure Of The Russian Consulate In San Francisco And Two Other Diplomatic Offices

Politico: U.S. retaliates against Russia by forcing diplomatic closures

State Dept. calls the Kremlin's prior ouster of diplomatic staff 'unwarranted and detrimental.'

The State Department is forcing the Russian government to vacate three diplomatic compounds in the U.S. by this Saturday — retribution for the Kremlin’s order that the U.S. reduce its staff in Russia by more than 750 people.

In a sharply worded statement, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the State Department had complied with Russia’s demands and had made its own “in the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians.”

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WNU editor: This is not good. I was hoping (and believing) that the U.S. would not retaliate .... I was wrong. Here is the Russian response (so far) .... Moscow Reacts to Closure of Its San Francisco Consulate (Moscow Times). The closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco is going to hurt. There are hundreds of thousands of Russian expatriates who now live in the Bay area .... getting a visa to visit Russia is now going to be a headache.

Update: More Russian reaction .... ‘Unfortunate escalation’: Reactions to US order to close Russian consulate (RT). And more here .... Russian ambassador comments on US demand to close three Russian diplomatic facilities (TASS).

More News On The U.S. Ordering The Closure Of The Russian Consulate In San Francisco And Two Other Diplomatic Offices

U.S. retaliates against Russia, orders closure of consulate, annexes -- Reuters
In tit for tat, US tells Russia to close post in San Fran -- AP
US orders Russia to close consulate and two annexes -- BBC
In Retaliation, US Orders Russia to Close Consulate in San Francisco -- New York Times
US orders Russia to close diplomatic offices in three cities -- Los Angeles Times
Russia has until Saturday to close 3 US diplomatic offices, State Dept says -- CBS News
US retaliates against Russia ordering closure of consulate and annexes -- CNN
U.S. to Shut 3 Russia Diplomatic Buildings But Expel No Staffers -- Bloomberg
State Department orders closure of Russian diplomatic offices in San Francisco, DC, and New York in retaliation for Moscow's 'unwarranted' decision to kick out U.S. personnel -- Daily Mail
Trump administration retaliates against Russia, forces closure of US posts -- Fox News
US Says Russian Diplomats May Be Reassigned to Other Posts as Consulates Closed -- Sputnik


Anonymous said...

Who profits from this?

Anonymous said...

Any country sympathetic towards N.Korea deserves to be shunned, including supposed allies (Germany I'm looking at you)

RussInSoCal said...

OUCH! IIRC its the largest Russian consulate in the US. And a hub for Russian tech espionage. Not too sad abut this closure.