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The foreign Ministry will decide how the procedure will be the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco, where people will go, said to RIA Novosti, the Russian Consul General to San Francisco Sergey Petrov.
The US on Thursday evening announced new limitations in activities of Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, according to which from September 2 to close the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco and the buildings of the trade mission in Washington and new York.
«The Consulate General will act in accordance with the decision taken by the Russian leadership about this decision of the Americans. The foreign Ministry will decide how will be the procedure of closure, where people will go and so on. In accordance with this decision, we will act,» said a senior diplomat.
As later noted by a senior representative of the US administration, Washington will not send diplomats of the Russian Federation in the framework of the new measures against Russia, we are talking about closing buildings.
As reported RIA Novosti on Thursday the first Deputy head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Vladimir Jabbarov, in response to the decision of the us authorities to close the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco Russia can retaliate and reduce the number of employees or facilities of the diplomatic mission of America in the Russian Federation.
Earlier, Moscow has ordered to reduce the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia to 755 to 455 employees. Thus, Moscow has equated the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the number of employed in the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States. According to the statement of the foreign Ministry, these measures were a response to anti-Russian policy adopted by the us Congress of the new anti-Russian sanctions.
In turn, the United States 23 August suspended the procedure for issuing nonimmigrant visas throughout Russia. From September 1 this procedure resumes, but only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Washington explained the innovations to the reduced number of employees. Early American visa issued Consulate in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.