The Trump administration has ordered for 63 Russian diplomats to be expelled from the US as a show of support to the UK after the Salisbury poisoning. The White House has also ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle as part of a response to Russia’s use of a nerve gas to poison a former spy living in the UK which resulted in the hospitalisation of over a hundred people. The first policeman to respond to the scene was hospitalised for weeks and has only just been released. Doctors have said he will never fully recover, and his life will never be the same.
The White House has also revealed that the move is partly a response to the excessively high number of spies operating in the US. The US State Department released a statement reading:
“On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury.
“This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer.”
BREAKING: US expels 60 Russian diplomats, closes consulate in response to ex-spy poisoning https://t.co/tjKuLoRujW— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 26, 2018
It also called the attack an “outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law.” An official was also quoted as saying,
“If you attack our friends you face serious consequences.”
Earlier this morning rumours began leaking that the White House would reveal plans to expel Russian diplomats as part of a response to the Salisbury spy poisoning. Just moments ago those rumours were confirmed, and now bring the US response in line with those in Europe who also expelled Russian diplomats, or called for meetings with ambassadors to demand answers. This includes Ukraine, France and Germany who have acted in solidarity with the UK who have accused the Russians of a reckless display of hostility and a flagrant disregard of the sovereignty of British soil.
BREAKING: President Trump is ordering the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle “due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases.” https://t.co/hwL9QGsTGQ pic.twitter.com/ceTp1EBGg9— CNN (@CNN) March 26, 2018