WASHINGTON (AP) – The Newest on the U.S. choice to shut Russia’s San Francisco consulate and reduce its diplomatic presence in two different places (all occasions native):
The newly arrived Russian ambassador to america has invoked Bolshevik chief Vladimir Lenin in saying Moscow will rigorously think about its response to the order to shut its consulate in San Francisco and reduce operations in Washington and New York.
Anatoly Antonov flew into Washington on Thursday, hours after the State Division’s announcement of the closure.
Russian information businesses quoted him as saying: “We’ve to behave calmly and professionally. Talking like Lenin, we do not want hysterical impulses,” citing a Lenin maxim.
A member of Russia’s parliament is accusing the U.S. of a pointy escalation in diplomatic tensions.
Leonid Slutsky is head of the Russian Duma’s overseas affairs committee. Slutsky is criticizing the U.S. choice to shut the Russian consulate in San Francisco and reduce operations in Washington and New York.
Slutsky is quoted by Russian information businesses as saying, “It is a extremely unjust step. It signifies that the U.S. is declaring the recent part of diplomatic warfare.”
He says that closing establishments overseas is extra critical than the U.S. determination final yr to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut two estates utilized by the Russian Overseas Ministry.
The U.S. says Russian diplomats who work at three diplomatic amenities being closed by the U.S. could be reassigned to different Russian consulates or posts in the USA.
A senior American official says the U.S. has informed Russia it is not kicking any diplomats overseas. The official says Russia will proceed to personal the buildings that home the Russian posts. The official provides that Russia can promote the buildings or in any other case eliminate them. One is leased.
The official says the closures have an effect on Russia’s consulate basic in San Francisco and an official residence there. Annexes in New York and Washington that home commerce missions additionally should shut by Saturday.
The official briefed reporters on a phone convention name on situation of anonymity.
-By Josh Lederman.