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The state Department is not convinced that the elimination of Parking in front of the Consulate General is a reciprocal step of Russia in the exchange of diplomatic sanctions. This statement was made by the official representative of the American foreign Ministry Heather Nauert.
“I don’t want to describe it as some kind of response. We want to move forward in relations with the Russian government”, — said Nauert.
Earlier, the representative of state Department has told RIA Novosti that the Parking for the staff of the American consulates in Russia has been removed.
Vladivostok, Ekaterinburg, St.-Petersburg
In Yekaterinburg on the initiative of the traffic police dismantled the signs that allow American and British diplomats to Park cars on the side of the roadway.
In Vladivostok, in front of the US Consulate General Pushkinskaya street was cleaned concrete blocks.
In St. Petersburg will not place illegal Parking in front of the U.S. Consulate General has caused the road markings indicating the crosswalk, and capable of turning for cars.
The reduction of the US diplomatic mission in Russia
Moscow previously agreed to reduce the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia to 755 to 455 employees. Thus the authorities have equated the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy in the Russian Federation the number of employees of the Russian Embassy in the United States.
Such measures, according to the statement of Moscow, were a response to the new anti-Russian sanctions adopted by the us Congress.
Washington August 31, announced a number of new restrictions in the activities of the diplomatic missions of Russia in the United States: on September 2 closed Consulate General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco and consular properties in Washington and new York.