USA asks Russian Federation to close its consulate in San Francisco

Russia protests planned search of its US trade mission

But President Donald Trump made it clear he is hoping for better days, telling reporters at the White House this past Monday, "I think it's a good thing if we have great relationships, or at least good relationships, with Russian Federation".

The ministry also tweeted a video showing what it said were Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searching the Russian consulate in San Francisco.

According to the BBC, "no Russian staff would be required to leave the country" when the consulate and trade missions close.

The official briefed reporters on a telephone conference call on condition of anonymity.

The United States will close three Russian diplomatic facilities in retaliation for the Kremlin's expulsion of American diplomats, the State Department announced Thursday.

After months of asking the Trump administration to return the compounds, the Kremlin fired back and ordered the U.S.to cut its embassy staff in Russian Federation by 755 employees. The two are expected to meet at the UN General Assembly in NY next month.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he regretted how a phone call with his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson about Washington's decision went, according to his ministry.

"I hope that we do have good relations with Russia", Trump said at a joint press conference with visiting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. Those activities may continue in other US cities.

The State Department said the move was in response to "unwarranted" action by Russian Federation. After a month of mulling it over, they have chose to close three Russian diplomatic missions in the U.S., a move which the U.S. Department of State calls "parity" even as they admit the response is proportionally much smaller than what Russia did.

In a sharply worded statement, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the State Department had complied with Russia's demands and had made its own "in the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians".

The closures mark what may be the most drastic diplomatic measure by Washington against Moscow since 1986, near the end of the Cold War, when the nuclear-armed powers expelled dozens of each other's diplomats.

Earlier in the day, he said Moscow has yet to study the US decision that came in late at night on Thursday to decide how to react.

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