News Brief: Twenty-five years ago, the opening of Russia’s Seattle consulate was a symbol of the post-Cold War thaw, but now a chill in relations is causing its closure. It’s due to be shuttered on April 2 as part of the international response to this month’s poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London. The White House said the Seattle consulate was targeted because of its proximity to sensitive Boeing facilities as well as the Navy’s Trident nuclear submarine base at Bangor, Wash. The Washington Post quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying the consulate served as a key outpost in Russia’s intelligence operations. For more about the closure and its impact, check out reports from Crosscut and The Seattle Times.
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