Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Russia Voices 'Regret' at US Order to Shut San Francisco Consulate

Russia warns of military moves in dealing with North Korean missiles Russia warns US not to take action against North Korea
Christy Curtis | 04 September, 2017, 07:23

The closures on both US coasts marked perhaps the most drastic diplomatic measure by the United States against Russian Federation since 1986, near the end of the Cold War, when the nuclear-armed powers expelled dozens of each other's diplomats.

Lavrov and his United States counterpart Rex Tilerson discussed during a phone call Pyongyang's recent missile test, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, according to the Russian news channel (Russia Today).

The U.S. on Thursday abruptly ordered Russian Federation to shutter its San Francisco consulate and close offices in Washington and NY within the next 48 hours, intensifying tensions between the former Cold War foes.

Saying that "we'll react as soon as we finish our analysis", of the situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov echoed Zakharova's sentiment and promised "tough responses to moves that inflict damage out of nothing and are based only on someone's wish to ruin our relations with the United States".

Lavrov said if face-to-face negotiations started, Russian Federation would be ready to contribute to the mediation and that it was in Russia's interest "for the GCC to be united and strong".

Lavrov's warning comes after President Trump said on Wednesday that talking with North Korea was "not the answer".

He says the USA response was that certain developments would leave military intervention as the only option.

"We need to sort this out calmly, very calmly and act in a professional manner", Antonov said according to TASS.

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