A blacksmith broke the lock to the consular residence of the Russian Federation in Seattle on Wednesday, as the reported April 24 deadline for vacating the residence expired. The procedure was carried out behind the cover of a large tarpaulin at the behest of the US state. Footage shows the blacksmith as he approached the gate of the residence and then began to work on the locks, with others... Еще blocking the view of his work. After having opened the gate, the workers then moved to the main building of the residence. The Samuel Hyde House in Madison Park, which has long served as the residence of the Russian Consulate General, was to be vacated at one minute before midnight on April 24. Following the closure, the Russian Consulate General in Seattle will lose its diplomatic status. The closure was announced by the US administration amid the diplomatic row with the US and UK, following the Sergei Skripal poisoning case. Russia has denied all allegations it was involved in the incident. US President Donald Trump also ordered the expulsion of around 60 Russian diplomats from the US, while 16 EU member states have also decided to expel Russian diplomats following the UK's lead.