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USA may resume some visa work at Russian Federation outposts

03 September, 2017, 07:25 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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He says the US response was that certain developments would leave military intervention as the only option.

He was speaking with students at Russia's top diplomacy school.

"NIV [non-immigrant visa] interviews at the US Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok are suspended until further notice", the embassy said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of State announced Thursday that it is ordering the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco and two annexes in NY and Washington, D.C.

They were announced in response to an order by the Russian government last month to reduce the number of American diplomatic staff allowed in their country, according to a statement by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Speaking to students at Russia's top diplomacy school on Friday Lavrov said Moscow "will have a tough response to the things that come totally out of the blue to hurt us and are driven exclusively by the desire to spoil our relations with the United States".

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he inherited the very beginnings of what has since been compared to a sequel to the Cold War between the USA and the Soviet Union that lasted for almost half a century after World War II.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow still has to study the United States' decision to shut its consulate in San Francisco before considering any possible retaliation.

Lavrov didn't offer further details, but said Russian Federation would do all it can to prevent "such terrible developments".

Russian Federation has had a diplomatic presence in San Francisco since 1852, according to the consulate's website.

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