Russia is promising to answer a Trump administration order to close three Russian diplomatic offices in the United States.
But Russia also said it was not likely to take steps to increase diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
On Thursday, the administration ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and trade offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.
U.S. officials gave the Russians 48 hours to obey the order. They said the move was in reaction to a Russian demand that the U.S. sharply reduce the size of its diplomatic workforce in Russia.
The United States is prepared to take further action as necessary and as warranted, State Department official Heather Nauert said in a statement. She added that the U.S. hoped both countries could now move towards improved relations and increased cooperation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that his country would react with firmness to the U.S. order. He added that the Russian government needs time to study the directive and to decide a plan of action. Lavrov spoke in a meeting with students at Russia's top diplomacy school.
Other Russian officials said both sides need to be careful.
Yuri Ushakov is the top foreign policy to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ushakov told Russian news agencies that the government "regrets" the latest U.S. move and needs to "think carefully about how we could respond."
The U.S. announcement was the latest development in a diplomatic "tit-for-tat" between the two sides. The dispute began early last month when President Donald Trump signed into law a sanctions bill that Congress had passed. The measure was aimed at punishing the Russian government for interfering with the U.S. election last year.
The Russian government reacted quickly to the sanctions. It made the United States cut its embassy and consulate workforce in Russia down to 455.
In recent years, the two countries have had deep disagreements about Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, and other issues, such as Ukraine and Syria.
Under President Trump, relations have gotten worse. U.S. officials are still investigating whether Trump's election campaign worked with Russia to get him elected.
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美方工作人员给俄罗斯48小时的时间来完成关闭工作 。他们表示，此举是对俄罗斯一项命令的回应，因为俄方要求美国大幅减少其在俄罗斯外交领域的工作人员规模 。
美国准备好进一步采取必要的保障措施，美国国务院官员诺尔特(Heather Nauert)在一份声明中说道 。她补充道，美国希望两国现在能够朝着改善关系、提升合作而努力 。
俄罗斯外长拉夫罗夫(Sergei Lavrov)周五表示，俄罗斯会立场坚定地回应美国这个命令 。他补充道，俄罗斯政府需要时间来研究一下这个指令，再做行动 。拉夫罗夫在俄罗斯高级外交学校与学生们会晤时讲道 。
乌沙科夫(Yuri Ushakov)是俄罗斯总统普京的高级外交政策助理 。乌沙科夫在接受俄罗斯新闻机构采访时表示，俄罗斯政府对美国最近的举动“表示遗憾”，并需要“仔细思考应该如何回应 。”
美国这次的宣布是美俄两国之间外交“剑拔弩张”的最近一次加剧事件 。两国的争议开始于上月月初，那时候，特朗普总统签署通过了一项制裁法案写入法律 。此前，国会已通过该法案 。此举旨在惩罚俄罗斯政府干扰美国去年大选一事 。
俄罗斯政府迅速对该制裁方案做出回应 。俄方要求美国将在俄外交官员削减至455个 。
在特朗普总统的领导下，两国关系恶化 。美国官员依然在调查特朗普选举期间是否通过与俄合作来让自己当选 。
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