US Closing Last Two Consulates in Russia

Diplomatic relations downgraded to the embassy mission in Moscow alone

The Trump administration informed Congress of its plans to close the last two US consulates in Russia, leaving the US embassy in Moscow as the only US diplomatic mission in the country.

The State Department sent a letter to congressional leaders on December 10th that said the US is permanently closing its consulate in Vladivostok, and temporarily halting operations at the consulate in Yekaterinburg.

According to the letter, the US is shuttering the consulates due to caps set by Moscow on the number of diplomats allowed in the country. In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin set new limits on the number of US diplomatic employees in response to US sanctions. [Specifically, it was a response to a US order to hurridly close two Russian consulates in the US.]

The letter says the move is “in response to ongoing staffing challenges of the US Mission in Russia in the wake of the 2017 Russian-imposed personnel cap on the US Mission and resultant impasse with Russia over diplomatic visas.”

In December 2016, then-President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats for Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential election, which was never substantiated. Putin chose not to retaliate against Obama’s move.

The news comes at a sensitive time for US-Russia relations. Several US government agencies were targeted in a major cyberattack that many in the US are blaming on Russia, despite a lack of evidence to show Moscow was involved.

Some senators are calling for retaliation against Russia. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) even likened it to a “virtual invasion.” But the shuttering of the consulates does not appear to be connected to the cyberattack since the administration informed Congress a few days before the hack was reported.


  1. B Wilson says

    Jacob chases esau back to edom

  2. Jasonovich says

    Closing the US Consulates should get rid of the stench in the air.

  3. Jimbo says

    This is really just a cost saving move. Or the ones he is bringing home are either no longer necessary or part of the last traitorous group. I have no hope for justice until I see it in front of my own eyes.

  4. nick1111 says

    Get rid of all of them

  5. cechas vodobenikov says

    excellent–fewer US spies w diplomatic immunity

    1. Jimbo says

      I wish I had diplomatic immunity. I knew a Russian in Miami who sold cars. He could race them and do whatever he wished.

    2. thomas malthaus says

      They’ve been transferred to Moscow, they’ve mixed into Russian society by marriage, or they’re employed with the rare American company doing business in Russia.

      They may be employed with one of hundreds of German business interests there.

    3. David Bedford says

      The next move is war!

      1. JIMI JAMES says

        Sorry,not as long usa can’t fight for freedom(constituates) or got no hope in war.

      2. Paul Ivanoff says

        A war between USA and Eurasian alliance would be very entertaining

        1. Saint Jimmy (Russian American) says

          I don’t think “entertaining” is the right word. “Deadly” pops into my head.

        2. JIMI JAMES says

          No future in fascism,nor lgbtqrx,usa must fight the rot in usa (period)

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