TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed a recent move by the US government to seize Russian diplomatic compounds as “a dangerous precedent” and “contrary to international norms”.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Qassemi underlined that Washington’s arbitrary measures against Russian diplomatic facilities were “contrary to international norms and regulations”.  

“The US government's threats of the use of force against or takeover of diplomatic sites of foreign countries on its territory sets a dangerous precident and indicate that, henceforth, no diplomatic places in the US have sufficient guarantees that their immunity would be respected,” he stressed.

According to media reports, the Trump administration recently ordered Russian Federation to close the consulate – and annexes in Washington, DC, and New York.

In response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that Moscow will bring the terms of work of its diplomatic missions in the US and those of Washington in Russia into “full parity”.

The statement came after the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and two trade missions in Washington, DC, and NYC were forced to close at the end of August.