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美针对俄化学刺杀行动驱逐大批俄外交官 US Expelling Russian Diplomats in Response to Ex Spy Poisoning







The United States on Monday ordered 60 Russian diplomats it accuses of being spies to leave the country within a week. At least 23 other countries, including France, Germany and Poland, have expelled more than 137 Russian "intelligence personnel", the White House has confirmed.

The U.S. move, along with the closure of a Russian consulate in the country, is in response to Moscow's “outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law,” involving the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain, according to the State Department.

Britain, other Western nations and NATO also blame Russia for the March 4 chemical attack in Salisbury.

Russia has been sounding “a drum beat of destabilizing and aggressive actions,” said a senior U.S. official, explaining the White House actions.

The United States is ordering the closure, by April 2, of Russia's consulate in the Pacific port city of Seattle in the state of Washington, noting its close proximity to the Boeing aircraft plant and the Kitsap Naval Base, the home port for some ballistic nuclear missile submarines.

President Donald Trump, who spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin last Tuesday, has been involved in the discussions to expel the diplomats, according to officials.

“This is absolutely his decision,” emphasized a senior U.S. official in the call with reporters.