In addition to the San Francisco consulate, the State Department decision affects the residence for the consul-general in the California city as well as two buildings that housed Russia's trade mission to the USA in NY and Washington, according to the U.S. official. "These closures will need to be accomplished by September 2", State Department Spokeswoman Heather Naurt said Thursday.
However, the United States retains the right to take additional moves against Russia, Nauert warned. The two affected annexes, the official said, housed Russian trade missions.
Lavrov and Tillerson spoke by phone late Wednesday, several hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that "talking is not the answer" when it comes to dealing with North Korea. Additionally, the United States will not force Russia to reduce the size of its staff in the country and will allow them to operate in other USA -based Russian consular offices, a senior administration official told reporters in a conference call Thursday.
"The United States has fully implemented the decision by the government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia", Nauert said in a statement.
In addition to its consulate, the Russians by Saturday must close an official residence in San Francisco.
"I can't really say that this is permanent", said the official, who added that if the Russians want to "address our concerns", the U.S.is willing to listen.
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The order stipulates that Russia's San Fransisco consulate be closed, and operations scaled back in annexes in Washington D.C. and NY, the Associated Press reports.
The tit-for-tat response underscored how relations between Washington and Moscow have only spiralled downward in the seven months since President Donald Trump came to office promising improved ties with Russian Federation. The pair will meet in September in NY.
The ministry says Tillerson called to tell his Russian counterpart about the US move.
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Moscow forced the cut in American diplomatic staff earlier this year in retaliation for USA sanctions.
According to him, such a way is not totally excluded despite the "war of words" between the two countries, and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested recently: "Perhaps we are seeing our pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue". The order affects Russia's "chancery annex" in Washington and a "consular annex" in NY.