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Russia asked the US to vacate all St. Petersburg mansions

In St. Petersburg, in addition to the building of the US Consulate General on Furshtatskaya Street, Americans will also have to leave their residence in Grodno Lane, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The same measures apply to the building in Grodnensky lane (the US Consul General’s Residence) as to the US Consulate General building on Furshtatskaya Street," said Vladimir Zapevalov, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in St. Petersburg.

An old 19th century two-story mansion was allocated for the United States Consul General’s residence (its second name is the "American House") even at the Soviet times, in 1972.

The residence is located near the US Consulate General and was used, including as a "venue for receptions and meetings, film screenings, concerts and other events."

The day before EADaily reported on the Russian foreign policy department withdrawal of "consent to the opening and functioning of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg." Now, representatives of the United States must vacate buildings previously granted to them no later than March 31. Moscow's decision to "retaliate" was dictated by the deportation of 60 Russian diplomats from America and the closing of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Seattle (Washington).

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