United States may resume some visa work at Russian Federation outposts

US will force Russia to shut down three consulates as part of 'downward spiral' in relations

The retaliatory move from the Trump Administration comes weeks after Russian Federation forced a cut in U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow by hundreds.

Activities at consular annexes in Washington D.C. and NY would also have to be scaled down, the announcement said.

Not much activity was detected outside the consulate building at 2790 Green Street in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Addressing first-year students at the MGIMO university, where many of Russia's diplomats and intelligence officers are trained, Lavrov said Moscow wanted to mend ties with Washington.

Relations between the USA and Russian Federation seem to be worsening as the United States ordered Russian Federation to close down its consulate in San Francisco, chancery annex in Washington and a consular annex in NY within two days.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Moscow is examining the USA demand for the closure of three diplomatic missions in the United States and will respond after further study.

Both countries now maintain three consulates on each other's territory and ostensibly similar numbers of diplomats.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany, in July 2017.

The latest United States move came as a Sep 1 deadline was reached for Washington to comply with a Kremlin demand to slash staff numbers at its Russian diplomatic mission by 755 personnel.

Washington's move signals that "the U.S. [has] announced the hot phase of the diplomatic war" between the two countries, Chairman of the Duma's Foreign Relations Committee said.

The US gave Russia mere 48 hours to close its San Francisco Consulate along with smaller Russian posts in Washington and NY. A senior USA official said Thursday that the US reduction of diplomatic staff is complete.

"I would like to point out it was not us who initiated this exchange of sanctions, but the (Barack) Obama administration".

Relations between Putin and then-President Barack Obama were already at a low point when US intelligence services determined that the Russian government had interfered in the 2016 USA election campaign. "I want to thank him, because we're trying to cut down on payroll", Trump told reporters after a national security briefing at his golf club in Bedminister, N.J. The U.S. has temporarily suspended nonimmigrant visa processing for Russians seeking to visit the United States and will soon resume them only at a reduced rate.

Earlier this month, President Trump was asked about Putin's retaliation.

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