‘We need more public diplomacy, not less’: ex-Ambassador McFaul ‘saddened’ by US closing last two regional consulates in Russia

The former Obama-era US envoy to Russia, Michael McFaul, has criticized Washington for shutting down its last remaining regional consulates in Russia. Ties between the two nations have been severely degraded in recent years. … Read More >‘We need more public diplomacy, not less’: ex-Ambassador McFaul ‘saddened’ by US closing last two regional consulates in Russia

Ukraine threatens sanctions as Nicaragua becomes first nation to open consulate in Crimea since it returned to Russia in 2014

Ukraine has threatened sanctions against Nicaragua after it became the first country, on Tuesday, to open a consulate in Crimea since the 2014 Maidan. Kiev considers the peninsula to be illegally occupied by Moscow. … Read More >Ukraine threatens sanctions as Nicaragua becomes first nation to open consulate in Crimea since it returned to Russia in 2014

Beijing orders US to close its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for closure of Chinese facility in Houston

The Chinese Foreign Ministry ordered the US government to shutter a diplomatic office in Chengdu, a move Beijing deemed a tit-for-tat response to Washington’s recent expulsion of Chinese consulate staff from a facility in Texas. … Read More >Beijing orders US to close its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for closure of Chinese facility in Houston

‘Give us evidence’: Chinese consul general demands proof amid mounting accusations of espionage & order to close Houston consulate

When asked to comment on spying allegations, the Chinese consul general of Houston told the media that the US has to present facts proving China’s alleged guilt. … Read More >‘Give us evidence’: Chinese consul general demands proof amid mounting accusations of espionage & order to close Houston consulate