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Washington Confident in Legality of Closing Russian Diplomatic Properties

© AP Photo / Alex BrandonThe seal of the US Department of State
The seal of the US Department of State - Sputnik International
The US Department of State announced it is confident that its move to close Russian diplomatic properties in the United States is legal.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of State is confident that its decision last week to close Russian diplomatic properties in the United States is legal, a senior department official told reporters on Tuesday.

The Russian flag flies at half mast at the Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco, California (File) - Sputnik International
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"We will say, however, that we are confident in the legality of the actions we announced and carried out last week," the official said, adding that the United States has withdrawn its consent for Russia’s Consulate-General in San Francisco.

"The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations does not prevent restrictions on location of embassy buildings or annexes," the official said.

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