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The Latest: Seattle: Russian consulate closed to applicants

The total is now over 100 Russians are persona non grata from 18 different nations. 

This is Russia’s most serious diplomatic problem since the end of the Cold War.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic fallout over the nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

A sign on the glass door of the Russian consulate’s office in downtown Seattle said in Russian that the office was closed and would not be accepting new passport applications.

On Monday the United States ordered that the office in Seattle be shuttered and that a total of 60 diplomats in the country be expelled as punishment for Moscow’s alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.

The move followed the closure last year of the Russian consulate in San Francisco. In Seattle, three people who showed up seeking new passports walked away in frustration. One young man, who declined to give his name, said: “The West Coast now has no consulates whatsoever, which means the closest one is in Houston…It’s a huge inconvenience.”

In a statement, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said “the real question is why it takes so long to stand with our allies and take action against a government who continues to threaten and undermine our democracy.”

Durkan, a Democrat, is a former federal prosecutor appointed by President Barack Obama.



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