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    Russian Diplomats Leave Seattle After Closure of Consulate General, Residence

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    Russian diplomats who have left the residence of the Consul General in Seattle on Tuesday are expected to arrive in Washington, DC on May 3, Senior Consul Halit Aisin told Sputnik.

    SEATTLE (Sputnik) — Russian diplomats have closed the residence of the Consul General in Seattle and left the city on Tuesday in compliance with orders given by the US government last month.

     Staff leaves the closed Russian Consulate General in Seattle on April 24, 2018.
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    Staff leaves the closed Russian Consulate General in Seattle on April 24, 2018.

    The Russian flag continued to fly on the residence as 11 vehicles with diplomatic personnel, including two trucks, departed the building at 1:35 p.m. EST and headed to Washington, DC.

    READ MORE: All Diplomats of Russian Consulate in Seattle to Leave City Tuesday Morning

    The Russian diplomats are bringing with them all documentation from the residence of the Consulate General to the US capital.

    Staff leaves the closed Russian Consulate General in Seattle
    © Sputnik / Liudmila Chernova (Sputnik, Seattle)
    Staff leaves the closed Russian Consulate General in Seattle

    When the Russian Consulate General closed before the April 1 midnight deadline set by the US government, all material objects and documents were transferred to the residence of the Consul General.

    The US government had demanded that Russian diplomatic staff leave the residence before midnight on April 24.

    From April 1 through Tuesday April 24, the residence served as headquarters for the diplomatic staff to prepare to evacuate and consolidate the building as well as to protect the interests of Russian citizens.

    ​The diplomatic personnel took group pictures on the steps of the closed residence and said they all fell in love with the city of Seattle and its residents.

    The diplomats waved Russian flags from the opened windows on their vehicles while the Russian march “Proschanie Slavyanki” was heard inside each vehicle.

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