Russia slams US order to close San Francisco consulate as gross violation of law

 
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2 September
08:29

Russia slams US order to close San Francisco consulate as gross violation of law

New restrictions against Russian diplomatic missions’ activity in the US are a gross violation of international law, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Friday.

"On August 31, the US authorities declared unprecedented measures on limiting the activity of Russian diplomatic and consular missions in the US," the diplomat said. Russia was ordered to shut down within two days one of largest consulates general, located in San Francisco, which provides visa, notary and other consular services to the citizens of Russia and the US living in big states.

The US authorities also ordered Russia to halt activity of its trade mission in Washington and its branch in New York. "The rules on travel of Russian diplomats and official delegations are significantly toughened," she said.

"This step is a gross violation of international law, including the United States’ commitments on the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations," said the statement published on the ministry’s website.

The diplomat said this measure even outstrips the Obama administration’s decision in December 2016 to seize Russian diplomatic property in the US.

 

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