Those with interviews scheduled for after September 1 in San Francisco should anticipate having to reschedule and travel to another facility - the Russian Embassy will have remaining missions in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Houston and NY.
Back in Washington, a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call that the United States would not be expelling any Russian personnel through this action, and that the Russian government could reassign its staff to other consulates or annexes.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Moscow is examining the US demand for the closure of three diplomatic missions in the United States and will respond after further study.
The U.S. Congress in July overwhelmingly endorsed a new set of sanctions against Moscow over the alleged election interference and for Russia's actions in Syria and Ukraine.
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The four Russian consulate employees in San Francisco - including a chef accused of being a spy by the USA government - were ordered to leave the United States within 72 hours.
The Cold War throwback of a diplomatic diss signals that President Trump may be losing his argument that the US should make a priority of improving relations with Russian Federation.
Leonid Slutsky, who heads the Russian Duma's global affairs committee, called the American action "a huge unfair step".
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". Last December, the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two diplomatic compounds in the US, a move described as retaliation for Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA presidential elections.
Red Sox' streak ends with loss to Yankees
I'm an old man, so they should go out and want to kick my butt. "I just feel like they tried to take the weak road". Xander Bogaerts drove in the first run for the Red Sox, who got a subpar outing from Eduardo Rodriguez (4-5).