US finally throws its relationship with Russian Federation into a bin

Vedyashkin Sergey  Moskva News Agency

Vedyashkin Sergey Moskva News Agency

She said Moscow regards the incident as an outrage against Russia's state symbol, adding that Moscow has already "expressed a strong protest to the United States".

"As current geopolitical realities become tougher, when the United States start an unprecedented enlargement of anti-Russian sanctions and fixed this move in the form of a law it would be very logical from our side to introduce some counter-measures", he added.

Tensions between Washington and Moscow rise as Russian flags were removed from the buildings of the Consulate General in San Francisco and the Trade Representation in Washington, DC.

Zakharova also said that in accordance with an instruction given by President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Foreign Ministry was in the process of selecting a legal firm to start a court proceeding over the seizure of diplomatic properties.

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After Borisenko's statement, United States spokesman for Russian embassy Maria Olson "discoloration of relations does not serve interests of both sides". In addition, US officials said that the US State Department ensures the safety of the Russian diplomatic property and keeps it in order accordingly. The US set a deadline of October 1 for diplomats from the consulate general in San Francisco to pack their belongings. Moscow also demanded that the United States cut the numbers of its diplomatic and technical staff to 455 people - the number of Russian personnel at USA diplomatic missions and in the UN headquarters in the New York City.

Russian Federation has drastically scaled down the US diplomatic staff in Russian Federation to 455 people and seized a USA dacha and a warehouse in Moscow in retaliation to Washington's actions.

"We consider such a move as an extremely unfriendly step", the post, which was accompanied by photos of the former consulate building stripped of flags, said. Russian Federation demanded the flags be returned in place immediately. According to State Department representatives, the flags were lowered with due respect to be kept safely in the building. Nonetheless, they are still Russia's state property, except the trade mission's office in New York City leased by Moscow.

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