US could shut Russian Consulate over diplomatic ouster
Washington could order one of Russia’s four consulates in the United States closed in retaliation against its decision to kick out hundreds of US diplomats over a similar move, US diplomatic sources told a Russian newspaper.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Monday the US administration would respond to the expulsion by September. Sources in the US State Department told Russia’s Kommersant newspaper Washington considered Moscow’s move as escalation and could further reduce Russian presence by closing a consulate.
Russia has four consulates in the United States – in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Houston – while the United States has three – in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.