(National Sentinel)Â Quid Pro Quo: The Russian government announced Thursday it would kick 150 foreign diplomats out of the country, including 60 Americans, while ordering the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg shuttered as well.
The moves come in response to the U.S. and NATO-aligned countries expelling scores of Russian diplomats in response to Moscow’s alleged involvement in the attempted assassination of an ex-Russia spy and his daughter living in England.
The New York Times reported:
The United States ambassador to Russia, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, the foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced. Sixty American diplomats will be expelled from Russia â€” the same as the number of Russian diplomats whom Washington has expelled. The Americans were given until April 5 to leave the country.
Russia, along with many powerful Russia citizens, is already under sanctions from the U.S. and the West. Tensions were already high over them, so this latest action will only inflame them even more, say experts.
Putin and his government have denied any involvement in the March 4 attack on Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. He remains in critical condition but she is recovering. They were attacked with a type of nerve agent Western intelligence traced back to Russia.
Russia vowed to retaliate after the U.S., NATO and 25 allies including France and Germany expelled 130 Russian diplomats.
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