Comment by the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United States on the decision of the U.S. Government to close Russian Consulate in San Francisco and access to the properties of the Trade Representation in Washington, D.C. and New York.

September 1, 2017

We view the step taken by the U.S. administration as unfriendly. Unfortunately, this is another spiral turn of diplomatic insults against each other. It leads to further deterioration of Russia-U.S. relations. It creates problems for ordinary people. It harms economic cooperation between our countries. This does not meet common interests of Russia and the United States.
We still expect that the aspirations declared by the U.S. leadership to normalize bilateral relations and contacts will be eventually implemented.
On our part, we are not going to slide into hysteria and the edge of confrontation. We will continue working for the benefit of the two countries.