Russia Expelling Diplomats in Quid Pro Quo Response

That includes 60 diplomats from US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2018 2:29 PM CDT
In this Tuesday, March 6, 2018 file photo, police officers stand outside the house of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)

(Newser) – Russia's foreign minister says Moscow will expel the same number of diplomats from the nations that have expelled Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain, the AP reports. Sergey Lavrov said US Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, where he was given notice that Russia is responding quid pro quo to the US decision to order 60 Russian diplomats out.

Lavrov said Moscow will also retaliate to the US decision to shut the Russian consulate in Seattle by closing the US consulate in St. Petersburg. Lavrov said the same approach will be applied to other nations that expelled Russian diplomats this week. Two dozen countries, including the US, many EU nations, and NATO, have ordered more than 150 Russian diplomats out this week in a show of solidarity with Britain.

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