WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The statement follows the State Department's announcement that the United States would require the Russian government to close three diplomatic facilities by September 2 because of the "spirit of parity invoked by the Russians."
"We are not expelling any Russians at this time," the official said. "We have informed the Russians that they may be reassigned to other diplomatic or consular posts in the United States if they choose to do so."
The official went on by stating the US Department of State cannot confirm if a series of Russian annex closures in the United States are permanent, but ensures the Kremlin still owns the buildings.
"The buildings that are owned by the Russians will continue to be owned by the Russians and it will be up to them if they wish to sell those or dispose in some other ways," the official said.
Since 2014, the relations between Russia and the United States deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine, several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions, accusations of Russia meddling in the US presidential vote, as well as against the backdrop of a number of differences on several international problems, such as the civil war in Syria.