According to a U.S. media report on the 18th, the U.S. government decided to close the last two remaining U.S. consulates in Russia.
According to the report, the U.S. State Department informed members of Congress last week that it would permanently close the U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok, Russia, and temporarily suspend the operation of the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
The two consulates have a total of 10 U.S. diplomats and 33 local employees. At present, the specific closing time has not been determined.
After the closure of the two consulates, the only US diplomatic facilities in Russia will be left by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The closure of the consulate may be related to the sanctions incident of Russian and American diplomats in 2017.
According to a report by Russian media today (19th), Russian President’s Press Secretary Peskov said that the possible closure of the U.S. Consulate may not necessarily undermine Russian-American relations that are not in the best situation.