In a coordinated action, the United States and several countries of Europe have expelled Russians identified as spies in solidarity with the UK over the poison attack in Salisbury. The US is also closing down the Seattle Russian consulate.
State department statement on expulsion of Russian spies. pic.twitter.com/bp9NKRKz0a
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) March 26, 2018
Full White House statement on the expulsion of Russian intelligence officers pic.twitter.com/WPX4KLXmIJ
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 26, 2018
Countries expelling Russian diplomats/intelligence officers in response to Skripal (so far, all except UK happening today):
US: 60 (12 from UN)
Czech Republic: 3
Probably missing some.
— Thomas Rid (@RidT) March 26, 2018
Putin will be surprised by the strength of support UK getting from its allies on the use of CW in Salisbury. To be frank, a lot of Brits will also be (pleasantly) surprised.
— Lawrence Freedman (@LawDavF) March 26, 2018
Nikki Haley statement on expulsion of alleged Russian spies, including 12 from Russian mission to UN pic.twitter.com/avvPvC9B0c
— columlynch (@columlynch) March 26, 2018
President of the European Council:
Today 14 EU Member States decided to expel Russian diplomats as direct follow-up to #EUCO discussion last week on #SalisburyAttack. Additional measures including further expulsions are not excluded in coming days, weeks.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 26, 2018
Bringing together the actions of 14 European states and the US, announced simultaneously, indicates a lot of coordination at working levels in the US state department and intelligence agencies. This is in strong contrast to Donald Trump’s congratulations to his bff Vladimir Putin. The US government still works.
And open thread.