Russia Fires Back, Expels 60 U.S. Envoys, Closes Consulate
Do Me I do You, God No Dey Vex!
This is exactly what Russia has done by expelling 60 U.S. envoys and also ordered the closure of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, within 48 hours.
Russia’s actions were in retaliation to the expulsion of 60 Russian envoys from the U.S. during the week and the closure of Russian Consulate General in Seattle.
The U.S. had expelled the Russian envoys in solidarity with its most important ally, the UK, over Russia’s alleged use of a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen, Yulia Scripal and his daughter in Salisbury.
The spokesperson for the Department, Heather Nauert, said she spoke with U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, and quoted him as explaining the Russia’s actions against the U.S.
Ms Nauert said: “This evening, Ambassador Jon Huntsman was convoked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
“The Russian Federation dubbed 60 of our staff persona non grata, and they now must depart within seven days.
“They also ordered the closure of our consulate in St. Petersburg within 48 hours.
“It’s clear from the list provided to us that the Russian Federation is not interested in a dialogue on issues that matter to our two countries.”
Ms Nauert, however, said the U.S. regretted Russia’s actions, saying there was no justification whatsoever.
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