The Russians Have Landed (Back in Moscow)

60 diplomats the US kicked out have now left America; US has til Thursday to get out of Russia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2018 7:47 AM CDT
The Expulsion of Russian Diplomats Is Complete
People gather around departing vehicles at the Russian Embassy in Washington, Saturday, March 31, 2018. A group of Russian diplomats, who earlier in the week were ordered by the US Administration to leave the country, and their families have left Russia's embassy and will fly to Moscow.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Russian diplomats who were expelled from the United States and their families have returned to Moscow, reports the AP. Russian news agencies say they returned on two flights that landed Sunday at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. One carried diplomats from the Russian Embassy in Washington; aboard the other were diplomats from the New York consulate and Russia's United Nations mission. Tass notes that Russia has given the US until Thursday to get some 60 American diplomats out.

The United States last week ordered 60 Russian diplomats to leave, part of a widespread expulsion of diplomats by Britain and some of its allies in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Britain alleges Russian involvement in the March 4 nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. Moscow adamantly denies that.

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