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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: Russian Consulate in Houston

Russia may open a new diplomatic mission in the U.S. city of Houston, Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported.

An announcement about the opening is expected to be made by President Vladimir Putin during a scheduled trip to the United States in November, the newspaper said Tuesday.

Apart from the embassy in Washington, Russia has missions and consular offices in New York, San Francisco and Seattle. In Russia, the United States is represented by the embassy in Moscow and consulates in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg.

Officials at the Foreign Ministry and presidential press service said it was too early to verify the report or the exact itinerary of Putin's upcoming trip. U.S. State Department officials were also unable to confirm the report.

Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States and the center for the U.S. oil and space industries, both areas of key interest to Russia.