State Department orders Russian Federation to close San Francisco consulate

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The U.S. State Department announced on Thursday that Russian Federation will be required to close its consulate in San Francisco, as well as two annex buildings in Washington, D.C. and New York City, as a result of the Kremlin's decision to force U.S. diplomats out of Russian Federation.

Russia has been ordered to close its San Francisco consulate and two other annexes in response to "unwarranted" Russian action, the United States has said.

"The United States is prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. "Certainly if the Russian side wanted to try to address some of our concerns we would always be willing to listen and keep an open mind".

President Donald Trump expressed gratitude, rather than anger, toward Putin when was asked about the Russian action to reduce U.S. Embassy personnel in Moscow.

Among the buildings closed will be the San Francisco consulate general, a chancery annex in Washington, DC and a consular annex in NY. The administration took pains to say the move was purely reciprocal, and was not created to further escalate tensions between the United States and Russian Federation.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have become more tense since the Russian decision to reduce the USA diplomatic presence in Russia.

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Maharaj added that if the situation worsens, it should not be the state but the court that is held responsible for more violence. A curfew has been imposed in Patiala, Panchkula, Sirsa, Bhatinda, Ferozpur, Sirsa and Mansa, according to The Quint .

The 184-page bill seeks to hit Putin and the oligarchs close to him by targeting Russian corruption, human rights abusers, and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.

The forced closures were the latest in an intensifying exchange of diplomatic broadsides with origins in Washington's opposition to Russia's actions in Ukraine and its interference in the 2016 presidential election. The bill raised the threshold for when USA firms would be prohibited from being part of energy projects that also included Russian businesses.

President Barack Obama had ordered those expulsions, along with the closure of two compounds, last December. The Kremlin quickly retaliated, announcing the USA must cut its own embassy and consulate staff down to 455.

Moscow forced the cut in American diplomatic staff earlier this year in retaliation for USA sanctions.

"It is our hope that the Russians will recognize that since they were the ones who started the discussion on parity", the administration official said, that "we're responding and complying with what they required of us".

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