The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow will lead the working conditions in Russia, American diplomats in accordance with the conditions of work of Russian diplomats in the United States. He stated this at a press conference, reports RIA Novosti.
According to Lavrov, the Kremlin has shown “good will” to include a list of employees of the Russian diplomatic missions in the United States and those working in representation at the UN. Thus, according to Lavrov, diplomats at the United Nations – a topic which is not related to bilateral relations.
“The United States would have pocketed this our kind gesture and said the Russians want parity, then let them close one of the four consulates General, because in Russia we have only three consulates General. If they took the parity as a criterion, we now consider the conditions in which the work of American missions in Russia and Russian – in the United States,” said Lavrov, adding that Moscow will bring these conditions “in accordance with what is called the parity”.
31 August 2017, the US state Department has demanded from Russia to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, Chancery division in Washington, D.C., and consular division in new York. These measures taken in response to the limitation of the number of employees of the us diplomatic mission in Russia.