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Seattle's Russian Consulate Reportedly a Big Intel Outpost - Page 2

That's why it's now closed; world awaits Russia's response to mass expulsions
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2018 6:47 AM CDT
Updated Mar 27, 2018 7:01 AM CDT

  • Unprecedented: The coordinated response against Moscow "is unprecedented since the Cold War," writes Robin Wright at the New Yorker, and it "signals the potential for a deeper confrontation that could ripple across other global flashpoints where Western and Russian interests compete." However, she quotes one former US diplomat who points out that Putin "literally cannot afford another Cold War."
  • Russian complaint: That the penalties came on the same day as a horrific mall fire in Russia shows "emotional deafness," says Russia's ambassador to the US, per Russia Today. Anatoly Antonov also is skeptical that the spy poisoning is the full reason for the penalties. “The scale of inflicted damage and the preceding information campaign speak of the fact that it had been planned beforehand—simply postponed for the right moment."
  • Would if they could: New Zealand supports the international action against Moscow but isn't joining in—because it can't find Russian operatives to deport, reports the Telegraph. "We have done a check," says Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. "We don't have Russian undeclared intelligence officers here. If we did, we would expel them."

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