On Thursday, the State Department ordered Russia to close three of its consular offices in the U.S. Russia has until Saturday to vacate a consulate in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York. The order was given in response to Russia's "unwarranted and detrimental" mandate in late July for the U.S. to drastically cut staff at its mission in Moscow, a retaliatory response to new sanctions passed by Congress. The State Department's order, made in the "spirit of parity," will leave the U.S. and Russia "with three consulates each." "The United States is prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.
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