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Russia to Shut Down U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Expel Dozens of Diplomats

Russia says it will expel the same number of diplomats from U.S., other nations that expelled Russian diplomats.
Reuters

This expatriate writer is speechless. Why today that Muller submitted to the court his conclusions that connect the dots and shows how Donald Trump Colluded with Russia to hurt the United States. What exactly is going on between Putin and the Gangster Donald Trump is something no one knows or even try to venture to know. We know that the Kremlin is in complete control of the White House; we know that it was Putin who put Gangster Trump in the White House; we know that Putin and Gangster Donald Trump are best of allies except it is known that Donald Trump fears Putin – and I do not blame him. Putin is a savvy and experienced politician; he can outwit the best of leaders around the world and Gangster Donald Trump is not a match.

Now that this is said, one does not understand why Putin and Gangster Donald Trump are playing this game of being rivals. And that is why this expatriate writer is perplexed and puzzled.
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Russia will close down the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. Russia said it will expel the same number of diplomats from the U.S. and other nations that expelled Russian diplomats.

“The measures would be reciprocal … They include expulsion of the equivalent number of diplomats and they include our decision to withdraw our agreement to allow the United States’ general consulate to operate in St. Petersburg,” Lavrov told a briefing.

Earlier this week, the Russian Embassy in the United States tweeted a poll quickly after the U.S. announcement asking which U.S. consulate they should close in retaliation. Forty-seven percent of the responders said the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg should be closed.

On Monday, the U.S. decided to shut down its Russian consulate in Seattle and deport 60 Russian diplomats from the country. Similar announcements by Canada and over a dozen EU countries followed suit.

A senior U.S. official said that Russia “conducted an attack on America’s closest ally,” and that it this “cannot go unanswered.” The senior official described it as part of “ongoing campaign” by Russia that must be countered. “To the Russian government we say: When you attack our friends, you face consequences.”

At least 12 of the Russian diplomats who will be expelled work at the Russian mission to the United Nations in New York. According to the U.S. government, they used their diplomatic status to conduct intelligence collection on American soil. The senior official said this action will minimize Russia’s ability to “use diplomatic immunity to engage in intelligence operations.”

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. British authorities say they were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent.

Police say they were likely exposed to it on the door of Sergei Skripal’s suburban house in Salisbury, where the highest concentration of the chemical has been found.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, was imprisoned after he sold secrets to British intelligence. He was released in a 2010 spy swap and moved to Britain.

Source: https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/russia-to-expel-u-s-consulate-in-st-petersburg-1.5961871

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