USA: San Francisco consulate closure 'example of vandalism'

Russia is «witnessing such a vivid example of vandalism in the system of international relations,» said Trade Representative of the Russian Federation with the US Alexander Stadnik from Washington DC, Saturday. The representative was commenting on the closure of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco ordered by the administration of US President Donald Trump. «We are witnessing such a... Еще vivid example of vandalism in the system of international relations, the raiding and seizure of Russian property abroad,» said Stadnik. The Russian official stressed that the embassy «worked 24/7» to ensure normal working conditions to its employees, and pointed out that no one expected such a move. «Next we most likely will move the iron battalions. Our work continues,» he added. The facilities in San Francisco were inspected by FBI agents and closed along with a chancery annex in Washington DC and a Russian consular annex in New York City according to the executive order. The move comes after Moscow ordered a reduction of US diplomatic staff in Russia in retaliation for additional US sanctions. Both the US and Russia will now have three consulates in each other's nation.

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