Russia expels foreign diplomats, closes U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg

Russia expels foreign diplomats, closes U.S. consulate in St. PetersburgRussia responded Thursday to U.S. and other nations’ reaction to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in England. Russia expelled 150 diplomats from the country, including 60 Americans. The U.S. recently ordered 60 Russians out of the country. Russia will also close the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg after the U.S. shut down the Russian embassy in Seattle earlier this month. CBS News state department reporter Kylie Atwood discusses the latest developments.


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Russia expels US diplomats and shuts consulate in tit-for-tat move

  1. Russia expels US diplomats and shuts consulate in tit-for-tat move  CNN
  2. Spy poisoning: Russia expels US diplomats in tit-for-tat measure  BBC News
  3. Russia Says It Will Expel 60 US Diplomats in Retaliation for Trump’s Move  Bloomberg
  4. Trump’s speak-no-evil policy on Russia undermines his administration’s attempts to get tough  Los Angeles Times
  5. The Latest: UN chief warns of new Cold War approaching  Washington Post
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Trump expels 60 Russian diplomats from US and closes consulate in response to spy poisoning

Trump expels 60 Russian diplomats from US and closes consulate in response to spy poisoningThe Trump administration has ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle in response to the poisoning of a former spy in the UK – while 14 EU countries including Germany, Latvia, Lithuana and Poland have also expelled envoys from Moscow. In the sternest action yet against Russia since he became the president, Donald Trump’s White House said it working with Nato allies to punish Russia for it’s alleged poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in the UK and the ”unacceptably high” number of Russian spies in the US. The European Council president Donald Tusk meanwhile said the bloc’s expulsions were a “direct follow-up to last week’s European Council decision” in which it “condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the recent attack on Salisbury”.


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French consulate worker accused of smuggling guns from Gaza

French consulate worker accused of smuggling guns from GazaA French consulate worker faced charges Monday of using an official car to smuggle dozens of guns from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank in a case Israeli authorities called “very severe”. Israeli officials were quick to note that the worker from France’s Jerusalem consulate acted on his own without his superiors’ knowledge and that diplomatic relations between the two countries were not affected. The arrested French citizen and several Palestinian suspects are accused of belonging to a gun-running network that eventually sold the weapons to arms dealers, Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency said in a statement.


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