State Department Hits Back At Russia For Kicking Out US Diplomats

Russia protests planned search of its US trade mission

Russia condemns 'blatantly hostile act' of US diplomatic evictions

The order affects the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco and diplomatic annex buildings in both New York City and Washington, D.C. The State Department wants them closed by September 2.

Russia's foreign ministry has accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of planning a search of its San Francisco consulate on Saturday, after ordering its closure Thursday.

Despite the closure the Russian diplomats don't need to go back to Russia.

Top diplomats in Russia's Foreign Ministry have said that they will take a "tough response" to the recent decision on the part of the United States to close the Russian consulate in San Fransisco, which they said is part of an effort to sour bilateral relations.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed "regret at the escalation of tensions" after the United States told Moscow to shut its consulate in San Francisco.

This latest order comes in response to the Kremlin's decision to force the United States cut its diplomatic staff in Russian Federation.

His move came days after Congress passed legislation strengthening financial sanctions on Moscow over its alleged meddling in the us 2016 presidential election and support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The US staff have till Friday to leave the country.

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The head of the Russian trade mission in the US, Aleksandr Stadnik, further stated in a press briefing that he considers the searches at the two trade compounds as a takeover in violation of worldwide law.

The abrupt facility closure is just the latest in a series of tense diplomatic moves between the two nations, following reports of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election, reports CNN.

The U.S. security services also intend to search Russia's Consulate General in San Francisco, which the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday will directly threaten the safety of Russian citizens and worsen already hard bilateral relations. "The steps taken today by President Trump and his administration are wholly appropriate".

The U.S. told Russian Federation to close its consulate in San Francisco and two annex buildings in Washington and NY in two days, August 31, in a tit-for-tat response to Moscow's drastic cut in the American diplomatic staff in their country, writes Lalit K. Jha. They are in New York, Seattle and Houston.

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The Russian offices must close by Saturday.

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