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United States close remaining consulates in Russia
United States close remaining consulates in Russia
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The administration of outgoing US President Donald Trump wants to close the two remaining US consulates in Russia. As the U.S. State Department confirmed to the AFP news agency, the U.S. representation in Vladivostok is to be closed and the consulate in Yekaterinburg will cease operations for the time being. After that, the embassy in Moscow would be the last U.S. diplomatic representation in Russia.

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Vladimir Putin congratulates Joe Biden on election victory
Putin and Biden in 2011
Putin and Biden in 2011 Credit: Official White House Photo by David Lienemann / via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has congratulated future U.S. President Joe Biden on his election victory after the decision of the Electoral College. Moscow is "ready for cooperation," a Kremlin statement said. "For my part, I am ready for cooperation and contacts with you," Putin wrote in a telegram to Biden, according to the Kremlin.