MOSCOW — Sep 13, 2017, 10:23 AM ET

Russia reduces parking spaces at US consulates


Russia has withdrawn parking privileges for U.S. diplomats, an apparent continuation of a diplomatic tit-for-tat between Washington and Moscow.

State-owned television channel Rossiya 24 reported on Wednesday that parking spaces outside the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg had been painted over with a pedestrian crossing, and special parking signs had been removed outside the U.S. consulate in Yekaterinburg, near the Ural Mountains.

Diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Russia are at their lowest level since the Cold War and have been marred in recent months by a series of expulsions of diplomats and closures of diplomatic missions.

Maria Olson, a spokeswoman at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, declined to comment on the loss of parking spaces.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Russia would reduce U.S. diplomatic missions to "full parity" with their Russian counterparts on U.S. territory. As well as canceling parking privileges, Russian media has reported that U.S. diplomatic missions could be hit with staff reductions and fewer approved diplomatic entry points.

The U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two annexes in Washington and New York on Aug. 31 in response to an order from Moscow to reduce the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia by 755 staff members. Those actions followed the U.S seizure of Russian compounds in Maryland and New York and the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in retaliation for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.


This story has been corrected to give the U.S. spokeswoman's name as Maria, instead of Mariya.

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  • Ursus Sapiens

    U.S. will retaliate in the strongest possible terms:
    Russian nesting dolls will now be referred to as "creepy wooden egg baby farters."
    Russia will then replace all McDonalds logos with dancing bears.
    The U.S. bans the 1812 Overture at all July 4th celebrations. (Trumpers won't get this one)
    Russia claims exclusive rights on the use of the letter K.
    U.S. withdraws from the 1980 Olympics again.
    Russia demands the return of all empty vodka bottles.
    And so it goes.....

  • StillThatSameGuy

    Did they take aware the four square courts too?

  • Aimee

    They should've put a cardboard cut out of Putin with his tongue sticking out where the parking spot was instead. Pretty much the equivalent of this immature move.

  • Weather3014

    We need to answer back with an executive order to stop serving Russian dressing on all US bases and government commissaries. That will show them that we mean business.

  • snake

    Car pooling is coming to our embassy.

  • John Thomas

    The US chose to elect a Chief Diplomat with zero diplomacy skills, so maybe the time for diplomacy has passed. Who needs it anyway.

  • John Spartan

    Lets pull out diplomats out of Russia. Its just a third world dump over there.

  • CantStoptheSignalMal

    Each country might as well just recall all diplomats and be done with it...

  • retired too

    diplomatic tensions are at their lowest level since the cold war? shall we assume the writer meant the highest level?

  • Benedict Donald

    Oh no, what's next a borscht embargo?

  • fifolo

    We will have to throttle their video playback bandwidth

  • Boxingwithangels

    Oooh, that'll show us!! Ouchy, that hurts!! ( No, not really)

  • Ric M

    Trump to Putin: "Taking away our parking?? We will repaint the sidewalks around your embassies and consulates with a color the likes of which you've never seen!" *sigh*

  • Stupa10

    US just needs to buy compact cars for the embassy crew

  • Betty Bloop

    i guess they understand the american psyche well ☺

  • BurmeseDude

    Russia will pay. We need to water-down their vodkas.

  • John Barron

    This should be considered an Act of War. :)

  • Prophet With Honor

    ... and we will ... ?

  • Don'tBotherMe

    I guess that's the Russian "neener-neener".

  • Th3OnlyOn3

    You will pay for this Putin!!

  • Kobrakai7272

    Oh, the humanity! Next up: Lower quality toilet paper!!

  • Redd Menace

    That's actually pretty funny.

  • My Name Is Nobody

    Petty gamesmanship.

  • grace

    Come on folks! Can't we all just get along? Jeeze

  • John Thomas

    Taking away some parking spaces? Pretty soon they'll be reduced to farting in our general direction.