U.S. expels Russian diplomats from DC, NY and San Francisco

I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO: The U.S. ordered the closure of three Russian facilities including the Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco

Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Anthony Godfrey Saturday and protested U.S. intentions to search a Russian diplomatic property in Washington. Those sanctions on Russia's mining and oil industry, which President Trump signed despite reservations, were in turn a reprisal for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The State Department has announced that Russian Federation has until September 2nd to close down a San Francisco consulate and two diplomatic annexes in Washington D.C. and NY.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckerbee said: "These closures have to be completed by September 2nd".

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson conveyed to Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, in a phone call, bore all of the hallmarks of a Cold War-era grudge match, the New York Times reported.

Lavrov made his comments a day after the U.S. State Department issued a September 2 deadline for the Russian Consulate in San Francisco to close its doors. We've taken a firm and measured action in response to Russia's unfortunate decision earlier this year.

Smoke was seen pouring from the chimney of the Russian consulate in San Francisco on Friday. They are in New York, Seattle and Houston.

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The expelled United States diplomats have until Friday to leave Russia - a day before the USA closures of the Russian consulate and two annexes, which are trade missions, must be completed.

"We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries", said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement released Thursday. "They sought to rupture Russian-US relations and prevent US President Donald Trump from putting forward any constructive proposals", the Russian top diplomat stressed.

The U.S. had to reduce its diplomatic staff by 755 people. Moscow forced the cut in retaliation over U.S. sanctions.

Fires were spotted outside the Russian buildings in San Francisco and D.C. on Friday as personnel prepared to close the facilities.

The State Department said the move was in response to "unwarranted" action by Russian Federation.

"We will harshly respond to these things that have landed on us out of nowhere", Lavrov stated during an address to students at Russia's top school for diplomacy broadcasted live on television.

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