The State Department explained the reason for closing the last U.S. consulates in Russia

The State Department explained the reason for closing the last U.S. consulates in Russia

The State Department’s decision to close the last two U.S. consulates in Russia is connected with the optimization of the work of the American diplomatic mission.

He said that the decision was made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after consultation with US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan “as part of our continuing efforts to ensure the safe and secure operation of the US diplomatic mission in the Russian Federation.

The State Department stressed that there are no plans to take any action against Russian consulates general on U.S. territory.

The decision of the US to close the consulates in Russia became known on December 19. At that time, a congressional notice, a copy of which was also cited by the media, said that the move was a consequence of the restrictions imposed in 2017 by Russian authorities on the number of American diplomats who are allowed to work in the country.

The consulate in Vladivostok was temporarily closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Yekaterinburg, it continued to operate, but on a limited basis. In the event of closure, the only U.S. diplomatic center in Russia would be the embassy in Moscow.