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    U.S. Closes Russia’s San Francisco Consulate

    It’s payback time. The U.S. government on Thursday told Russia to shutter its consulate in San Francisco, as well as two smaller facilities in New York and Washington, amid an ongoing political tit-for-tat between the two countries. The move was a response to Russia’s reduction last month of U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow and St. Petersburg — itself an answer to a fresh round of U.S. sanctions against the Kremlin. While American officials have urged Russia not to respond this time, it seems unlikely that Moscow will let it slide.

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