On Friday, September 1, on the building of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco was spotted black smoke. To the Consulate building, the firefighters arrived, but the Embassy staff said that they don’t need their help, according to CBS News and the Associated Press.
According to the AP, employees of the Consulate, something burned in the fireplace. At the sight of the smoke can be assumed that burned some papers.
The correspondent of CBS, people who came from the Consulate of the Russian Federation, stated that inside the building did not burn.
August 31, the U.S. State Department has demanded from the Russian Federation to close the Consulate General in San Francisco, and to reduce diplomatic presence in Washington and new York. On the website of the Department of state issued a statement which said that the actions of States provide parity with Russia in the question of the diplomatic missions.
On Friday evening, September 1, the Russian news Agency RIA Novosti reported that the of the trade missions of Russia in Washington and new York have taken things.
On the basis of the principle of reciprocity, Russia should close the Consulate in San Francisco, as well as several departments of the missions in Washington and new York until 2 September.
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