U.S. officials break lock, enter former Russian consulate residence in Seattle

SEATTLE — Officials with the U.S. State Department drilled out locks to access and inspect the former Russian consul general's home Wednesday in Seattle, one day after Russian staff left the site.

In March, President Donald Trump's administration announced the diplomatic outpost would be closed and 60 Russian diplomats would be expelled nationwide to punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. Click here to read more.

The former Russian consul general's home is located at 3726 East Madison Street in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood.

KIRO 7's Graham Johnson was outside the former Russian Consul genera's home Wednesday and is hearing from U.S. and Russian officials and neighbors for KIRO 7 News at 5. Watch with us on-air or here.

The Russian embassy said they locked the doors and kept the keys because the home is still Russian property. The U.S. State Department says while that’s true, the U.S. Government owns the land where the building is.

The following statements were tweeted out on the Twitter account for the Russian Embassy in the US:

Information from the Associated Press and mynorthwest.com is included in this story.