August 31, at American initiative was held a telephone conversation between Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov with the US Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, the press service of the Russian foreign Ministry.
«The Secretary of state called specifically in order to inform you that soon will be announced further restrictions on the activities of Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, and outlined their main content. In response, the Minister expressed regret at the escalation of tensions in bilateral relations, initiated not by us, and indicated that Moscow would carefully review the Americans announced the new measures will be informed about our response,» – said the Russian foreign Ministry.
In December 2016 in the framework of the sanctions package against Russia, U.S. authorities have seized two country residence of Russian diplomats in new York and Maryland. In addition, the U.S. State Department declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats.
28 July 2017 in response to the sanctions policy of the USA the Russian side has decided to suspend from 1 August using the USA Embassy in Russia of all storage areas on a Traffic street in Moscow and cottages in the Serebryany Bor. Moreover, the United States was proposed to reduce the number of employees of diplomatic missions on the territory of the Russian Federation to 755.
In this regard, on August 23 the procedure of granting U.S. nonimmigrant visas in Russia was suspended.
In Washington, going up to 1 of September to give Russia a response to the reduction of the us diplomatic mission in Moscow.
On 31 August the foreign Ministry of the US said that up to September 2, Russia should close its Consulate General in San Francisco, as well as consular offices in new York and Washington.
Tillerson Lavrov promised that Russia will react to the closure of the consulates in USA 01.09.2017