Britain says St Petersburg consulate stays open for World Cup

Britain said Friday its consulate in Saint Petersburg will remain open during the World Cup following reports it had already closed in the diplomatic fall out from the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England.

“We have been informed of the planned date for closure by the Russian side,” a spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in London.

“The UK Consulate General in St Petersburg will remain operational for the World Cup,” which kicks off next week and lasts through July 15, she added.

Russian news agencies reported late Thursday that the consulate had closed its doors citing comments from the British ambassador Laurie Bristow.

The consulate answered calls on Friday and a spokeswoman for the embassy in Moscow said a date for closure would be announced.

Saint Petersburg is one of 11 Russian cities hosting World Cup matches.

World football’s governing body, FIFA, said over 32,000 tickets have been bought by England supporters.

Source: National News Agency