KYIV (FNI) - Britain officially closed its consulate in Russia's St. Petersburg. This was reported on Wednesday, August 1, on the embassy's press service Facebook page.
On the eve, on August 31, in the presence of the Acting Consul General of Great Britain in St. Petersburg, Elizabeth Webb, the first Consul General of Great Britain in St. Petersburg, Barbara Hay and other representatives of the embassy, the flag of Great Britain was lowered.
"The British Consulate General in St. Petersburg is officially closed - this is a measure that, unfortunately, was applied to us by the Russian government after the incident in Salisbury," the report said.
In early March in the UK in Salisbury the former colonel of the GRU of Russia Sergei Skripal was poisoned
On Wednesday, March 7, the counterterrorism department of Scotland Yard began to investigate the case of the poisoning of Skripal. The poisoning of the ex-colonel of the GRU is seen as an assassination attempt related to Russia. On Thursday, March 8, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia fell into a coma.
On Wednesday, April 12, international observers confirmed the findings of the United Kingdom concerning the identity of the toxic chemical used in the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, as well as the hospitalization of a British policeman. It was a military version of the neural-paralytic substance "Novichok".