In response to the closure of the Russian Consulate General in Seattle of the foreign Ministry proposed to close the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg. The final decision will be taken by President Vladimir Putin, reports “Izvestia”.
the newspaper explained that the decision is due to the importance of the St. Petersburg Consulate for Americans, in terms of status. According to the press Secretary of the Embassy of the United States Mary Olson, the us reserves the right to respond to any action taken by Russia.
Earlier, the Russian Embassy staged vote on his Twitter page and invited users to choose which of the U.S. consulates in Russia should be closed.
47 percent of voters in the Twitter spoke for the closure of the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg. 35 percent of respondents felt that the best response to close the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg. For the closure of the diplomatic mission in Vladivostok, voted 18 percent. In total the survey was attended by 57.5 thousand people.
Earlier, the US government announced, expelled the 48 members of the Russian Embassy, 12 diplomats from the Russian mission to the UN and shut down the Consulate in Seattle.