Russia Reacts to the Closure of Its San Francisco Consulate

From The Moscow Times:

“The U.S. State Department on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and scale back activities in annexes in Washington D.C. and New York by Saturday, Sept. 2.

Here are the reactions from Moscow so far:

— Russia’s Foreign Ministry

“The minister expressed regrets over the escalation of tensions in bilateral relations, which were not initiated by us,” it said in a statement describinga phone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “Moscow will closely study the new measures announced by the U.S., after which we will announce our reaction.”

— Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s newly appointed Ambassador to Washington”

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