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BREAKING: US Expels 60 Russian Diplomats, Germany, Poland Follow In Response To Spy Poisoning

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam © Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam  

Donald Trump has expelled 60 Russian diplomats from America as punishment for the Salisbury poisoning and to protect the country from spying.

Donald Tusk, president of the EU council, has announced that 14 member states have decided to expel Russian diplomats on Monday.

File photo of Sergei Skripal                  © Getty File photo of Sergei Skripal

EU leaders agreed last week it was highly likely Russia was behind the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the UK.Some 48 diplomats at the Russian embassy have been asked to leave and 12 Russians who work at the United Nations. The Russian consulate in Seattle will also be closed.

File photo of Putin              © Getty File photo of Putin

Senior US administration officials said the Russians being expelled were intelligence officers who are being “cloaked” by their diplomatic status.The US officials accused Russia of a “reckless attempt” to murder British citizens on UK soil and said the attack would not go unpunished.

File photo dated 08/07/17 of Prime Minister Theresa May holding talks with US President Donald Trump on the margins of the G20 summit in Hamburg. © PA File photo dated 08/07/17 of Prime Minister Theresa May holding talks with US President Donald Trump on the margins of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

 

US officials said that the lives of “countless” innocent people including children had been put at risk by the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

They also blamed the Kremlin directly for the attack.

‘World’s patience wearing thin with Putin’

A senior US administration official said: “This was a reckless attempt by the government to murder a British citizen and his daughter on British soil with a military-grade nerve agent. It cannot go unanswered.

Prime Minister Theresa May, with Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, in Salisbury © PA Prime Minister Theresa May, with Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, in Salisbury

“The Salisbury attack was only the latest in a long series of Russian efforts to undermine international peace and stability.

“The Russian government has shown malicious contempt for the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide. It has repeatedly sought to subvert and discredit Western institutions. These efforts are ongoing.

Military personnel in College Street Car Park in Salisbury           © PA Military personnel in College Street Car Park in Salisbury

“Today we stand in solidarity with America’s closest ally, the United Kingdom. To the Russian government, we say: ‘When you attack our friends you will face serious consequences.”

The diplomats and their families have seven days to leave the country. Moscow’s ambassador to Washington warned the US was “destroying what little is left of relations with Russia”.

Barriers erected outside a Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury         © PA Barriers erected outside a Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury

A number of European states, including Germany and Poland, have announced similar moves this morning. The German foreign ministry confirmed Berlin has expelled four Russian diplomats over the Salisbury attack while Poland has said it is also expelling four of the state’s diplomats.

Russian diplomatic staff based in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Estonia have also been asked to leave.

Personnel in hazmat suits work to secure a tent covering a bench in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury © PA Personnel in hazmat suits work to secure a tent covering a bench in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury

US officials said the 60 Russians were part more than 100 spies operating in America. They said they would make decisions in the future about what to do with those remaining.

Mr Trump has not discussed the move with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. US officials did not rule out the possibility of new economic sanctions on Russia as punishment for Salisbury, saying instead when asked that there was nothing to announce.

The action comes after more than a fortnight of mixed messages over America’s willingness to take a tough line on Russia for the Salisbury poisoning.

The White House declined to point the finger at Russia explicitly the day Theresa May linked the Kremlin with the attack during an address in the House of Commons.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam

 

Mr Trump also failed to mention that attack during a phone call with Mr Putin last week and at times has not matched the critical rhetoric of cabinet colleagues and officials.Senior US administration officials pushed back on the suggestion they had been sending “mixed messages” on Monday, saying that they stood with Britain over the attack.        (The Telegraph)

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