Parking spaces for US consulate staff in Russia removed – State Dept

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The US State Department has claimed that Russia has removed parking spaces reserved for American consular staff outside mission buildings. US diplomats are set to challenge the move with the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“We can confirm that the parking spaces, previously reserved for the US consular personnel, have been removed. We will raise the issue with the Russian Foreign Ministry,” a US State Department representative told RIA Novosti.

The removal of the parking spaces has not yet been confirmed by Russian officials.

The move, however, has been reported in Russian media among the possible retaliatory measures for the shutdown of the three Russian diplomatic facilities on US soil earlier this month.

Earlier this month, road signs allowing US Consulate General personnel to exclusively park in front of the mission in Ekaterinburg were removed.

The ongoing bitter row over diplomatic properties between the US and Russia was triggered by the decision of then-President Barack Obama, who expelled 35 Russian diplomats and seized two diplomatic properties in December 2016.

Moscow has repeatedly urged the US to reverse the decision, but eventually went for retaliation, ordering Washington to cut its diplomatic personnel in Russia by 755, to match the numbers of the Russian diplomats in the US.

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