Russia expels 60 US diplomats in tit-for-tat measure over ex-spy poisoning

Putin orders US to cut 755 diplomatic staff

Russia has expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to us action over a spy poisoning case in the UK.

Russia’s foreign minister said other countries that expelled Russians could expect a “symmetrical” response.

It comes amid a row over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England.

The White House said Russia’s move to expel its diplomats marked a further deterioration in the United States-Russia relationship.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury on 4 March, and the UK government has blamed Russia for the attack.

More than 20 countries have expelled Russian envoys in solidarity with the UK. Among them is the US, which earlier this week ordered 60 diplomats to leave and closed the Russian Consulate General in Seattle.

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