The Trump administration on Thursday ordered Russia to close a consulate in San Francisco and two diplomatic annexes, in New York and Washington, retaliating against Russia’s order for the United States to reduce its embassy staff in Moscow by 755 people. “In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians,” the State Department said in a statement, the United States would require Russia to close the three offices by September 2. The statement did not say how many employees would be affected by the closings, although it noted that the reduction would leave the United States and Russia with three consulates in each other’s country.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.