America’s Tit-for-Tat With Russia Is Adding Up

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Updated at 5:36 p.m. ET

It’s become almost a cliché to invoke the Cold War in the context of current U.S.-Russia relations, but the ongoing tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats and closures of diplomatic facilities resemble that era not just in the tensions, but in the tactics. Thursday’s U.S. order to Russia to shut its consulate in San Francisco was the latest in a series of retaliatory measures that began last December—and it also coincided with the arrival in Washington of Anatoly Antonov, the new Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Antonov responded, according to the AFP’s reporter in Moscow, by quoting Lenin on the “hysterical impulses” of the U.S. versus the “iron battalions of the [Russian] proletariat.”

U.S.-Russia relations have been dismal for several