People were seen carrying items of furniture out of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg and packing them into vehicles, Friday, following Thursday's announcement of its closure by the Russian government. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the expulsion of 60 US diplomats from Russia and that the US Consulate in St. Petersburg would be closed, after meeting UN Special Envoy... Еще for Syria Staffan de Mistura, in Moscow. Lavrov made the announcement in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US, Canada and a number of European Union member states over the Skripal case. The Russian consulate in Seattle was also shut down. Russia has denied allegations of any involvement in the affair, and has requested evidence from the British government to support London's allegations that Moscow was “highly likely” behind the alleged poisoning.