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60 U.S. Diplomats To Be Expelled From Russia In Retaliation To Trump’s Expulsion Of Same Number


60 U.S. Diplomats To Be Expelled From Russia In Retaliation To Trump’s Expulsion Of Same Number
Russia has announced the retaliatory measures that it would take to give a reply to the expulsion of its diplomats from multiple countries all around the world.
For a start, 60 U.S. diplomats would be expelled form the country and the St. Petersburg consulate of America would be shut down. Authorities also announced that diplomats of the other countries that had expelled Russian diplomats following the alleged poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England, would also have the same fate.
the measures against the U.S. “include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats” that the U.S. government had ordered for the Russian diplomats posted in that country, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The incidents took place after the alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by the use of nerve gas which the U.K. had claimed had been orchestrated by Russia. The measures by Russia that are being taken and described as a conventional tit-for-tat response is indicative that the issue is not desired to be escalated by Russian President Vladimir Putin even though the measures announced by Russia highlights the tension in its relations with the U.S.
The notion that Russia has the right to retaliate in the same manner that it had been treated has been dismissed by the U.S.
“There is no justification for this response” because Russia was “responsible for that horrific attack on the British citizen and his daughter,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington. Nauert further said, “The Russian Federation is not interested in a dialogue on issues that matter to our two countries” while not ruling out any further action against Russia.
This week, about 130 Russian diplomats were expelled from various countries including the U.S., and 25 other allies including Germany and France in show of support for the U.K. government which had expelled 23 Kremlin envoys on March 14. Russia had vowed to retaliate to that action. Official information about the response of Russia would be given to the diplomats of the countries that took part in the “unfriendly actions” in support of the U.K. who would be summoned for the same, said the Foreign Ministry in Moscow.
There are speculation that Germany and France would want to have working relationship with Putin because both the countries had expelled 4 Russian diplomats each while other like the U.S. had expelled 60 Russian diplomats, even though the overall scale of the coordinated action by the ally countries was unprecedented. Russia has been careful not to get into a confrontation with Europe as a whole at the same level as it has with the U.S. and the U.K.
“The Kremlin is confident that it could reach a deal with Europe if not for the malicious influence of the U.S. and U.K.,” said Valery Solovei, a political scientist at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations.