The U.S. Embassy commented on the possible withdrawal of Russian Consulate
The U.S. Embassy said that measures will be taken by 1 September. In the state Duma admitted that if the closure of the Consulate will follow the expulsion of diplomats, Moscow will not respond.
The press Secretary of the US Embassy in Moscow, Maria Olson in response to the question RBC, will the US state Department in response to close one of the Russian consulates in the United States, recalled the statement of US state Secretary Rex Tillerson of 7 August. After a meeting with foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, us Secretary of state said that the Minister asked a few clarifying questions to understand what was behind the U.S. received diplomatic note. Tillerson said that the US will respond by September 1, recalled Olson.
Moscow answer mirrored arrangements for the possible closure of the Russian Consulate, if it does happen, told RBC Director of the Moscow Carnegie center Dmitri Trenin. “I would expect a symmetrical response. Close any American Consulate in Russia and to reduce the corresponding number of American diplomats”. According to Trenin, the Russian President decided to “beat the state Department” and he will continue this tactic in this situation.