Trump Administration Just Booted More Russian Diplomats From the US

Trump Hopes for Better Relations between US & Russia

The US announced Thursday it will shutter the Russian consulate in San Francisco, as well as annexes in Washington and NY, in response to mandated staff cuts at the US mission in Russia.

Nauert said the U.S. wants to avoid additional retaliatory measures by either side and work toward improving bilateral relations, but "the United States is prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted". The U.S. now operates consulates in the Russian cities of Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok, in addition to the embassy in Moscow.

Add yet another verse to the ballad of crumbling U.S.

The administration said there was no decision on whether the Russian government would be allowed to take back those facilities. To the surprise of those who anticipated that President Donald Trump's election would reverse that trend, the feud has only worsened this year, even as investigators continue probing whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow's efforts to help him get elected.

The decision to close the San Francisco consulate was made for a variety of reasons, a senior administration official said, but it "made the most sense" because it's the oldest and most established consulate of the four. The State Department said the reduction impacted both American and Russian staff, but declined to say what happened to the personnel whose jobs had been eliminated. The official briefed reporters on a conference call on condition of anonymity. "It means that the U.S.is declaring the hot phase of diplomatic war". The Russians will still own the property, and they can choose to keep them or sell them.


Russian Federation ordered the expulsions soon after the US Senate on July 27 overwhelmingly passed a bill, later signed by Trump, to prevent the president from easing sanctions without getting congressional approval.

The move comes a month after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered 755 American diplomatic staff to leave Russia. The Kremlin quickly retaliated, announcing the USA must cut its own embassy and consulate staff down to 455.

But after the US Congress approved new economic sanctions against Moscow over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, Putin ordered drastic cuts in US staff in retaliation. "I can't really say that this is permanent", the official said.

The U.S. first responded to the staffing cut by temporarily ending nonimmigrant visa operations in Moscow.

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