Russia announces tit-for-tat expulsions of Western diplomats, will close US consulate in St. Petersburg

DW – March 29, 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia would retaliate in kind to countries that expelled Russian diplomats over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

The decision is the latest move in the diplomatic fallout that began after Britain accused Russia of responsibility for the nerve agent attack in early March.

How the White House reacted: Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the move by Moscow marked a “further deterioriation in the United States-Russia relationship,” but that it “was not unanticipated.”

“The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two dozen partner nations and NATO allies earlier this week was an appropriate response to the Russian attack on the soil of the United Kingdom,”  Sanders said.

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