US President Donald Trump tells Russian Federation to close consulate

Russia Summons Top US. Diplomat Over Searches at Diplomatic Mission

Nauert said the us was prepared to take additional actions "as warranted".

The US move on Saturday to shut down Russia's consulate in the West coast city of San Francisco along with trade offices in Washington and NY came in retaliation for Moscow's decision last month to reduce American diplomatic staff in Russian Federation to 455.

Russia's new Ambassador to the United States Anatoly I. Antonov was greeted by the news of the USA ordering closing down of Russian Consulate in San Francisco.

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

The State Department fired the latest shot in an ongoing diplomatic spat with Russia, demanding the almost immediate closure of three Russian diplomatic facilities in San Francisco, Washington, and NY.

However, Putin's move was not the origin of this round of diplomatic row between Russian and the United States and rather a delayed response to former U.S. President Barack Obama's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and seizure of two Russian diplomatic facilities previous year out of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

There was no immediate reaction from the Russian government.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he regretted how a phone call with his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson about Washington's decision went, according to his ministry.

"But I want to say that this whole story with (the two countries) exchanging tit-for-tat sanctions was not started by us".

A special counsel, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, as well as several congressional committees are investigating whether the Russian government coordinated with Trump's associates during the 2016 campaign and transition.

"We urge the USA authorities to come to their senses and immediately return the Russian diplomatic facilities", the ministry added on its website.

In July, Russia ordered Washington reduce its diplomatic staff by 755 people.

In a statement quoted by ABC, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he regrets "the escalation of tensions" and that the Kremlin will examine the new order more carefully before crafting its response. "We've taken these steps in that measure and in that spirit".

The Russian offices must close by Saturday. Mr Tillerson and Mr Lavrov will likely meet in NY in September according to the State Department.

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