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Russia protests to US over consulate flags 'hostile act'

Russia protests to US over consulate flags 'hostile act'

In July, Moscow told the United States to slash the number of its diplomatic and technical staff working in Russian Federation by around 60 percent, to 455, in a further sign of souring relations.

"As current geopolitical realities become tougher, when the United States start an unprecedented enlargement of anti-Russian sanctions and fixed this move in the form of a law it would be very logical from our side to introduce some counter-measures", he added.

"The removal of the Russian flags from the Russian diplomatic facilities in the US is yet another destructive step in the diplomatic war that was unleashed by the administration of the previous US President, Barack Obama".

"Russia sent a protest note to the American side with respect to the removal of Russian flags from the diplomatic properties in San Francisco, which are now under the control of the U.S. authorities", the statement said. "Of course, the Russian Federation has not given any consent for the flags to be removed", Zakharova said.

Russian Federation has drastically scaled down the US diplomatic staff in Russian Federation to 455 people and seized a USA dacha and a warehouse in Moscow in retaliation to Washington's actions.

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On Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said the spat had not affected North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or USA military ties with Turkey.

"We demand an immediate end to the takeover of our property in the U.S., which is accompanied by offensive actions", Mr Antonov added.

Moscow has lodged a protest with Washington, accusing U.S. officials of tearing down Russian flags from two of its diplomatic missions in the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday (Oct 12).

Earlier, Russia's envoy to Washington, Mr Anatoly Antonov, said he had sent a "decisive protest" to the U.S. over the removed flags.

On October 2, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation reported that the Americans had fully occupied the premises of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco, including the residence of the Consul General.


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