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Yet to study US decision to shut its consulate: Russian Foreign Minister

US abruptly ordered Russia to shutter its San Francisco consulate & close offices within next 48 hrs

AP/PTI  |  Moscow 

Donald Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Donald Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Photo: MFA Russia Twitter handle

Russian Foreign Minister says Moscow has yet to study the United States' decision to shut its consulate in before considering possible retaliation.

The US yesterday abruptly ordered to shutter its consulate and close offices in and within the next 48 hours, intensifying tensions between the former Cold War foes.

The described its action as retaliation for the Kremlin's "unwarranted and detrimental" demand earlier this month that the US cut its diplomatic staff in

Speaking at Russia's top diplomacy school on Friday, Lavrov said Moscow would react to the decision once it has finished analyzing it.

Lavrov defended Russia's decision to cut US diplomatic staff as reciprocal reaction to the US expelling Russian diplomats last December.

First Published: Fri, September 01 2017. 16:38 IST