Trump Expels Russian Diplomats


Photo from CBS News.

Gavin Kuncl, Writer

In response to the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter, President Donald Trump has sent diplomats packing from the United States.

The United States followed through with the action after the United Kingdom (UK) kicked out 23 Russian diplomats following the attack on a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England. Russia has retaliated by expelling the same number of British diplomats. Both victims were assaulted with a military-grade Novichok nerve agent, but evidence that is was specifically from Russia is hard to find. Both the victims are still hospitalized, with signs of improvement. The Russian Embassy has said that Yulia Skripal’s recovery was “good news” and has asked for remaining diplomats to be able to see her.

The US has dismissed 60 Russian diplomats and have closed the Seattle Russian Consulate. Fourteen European Union (EU) member states are also siding with the US and the UK by expelling diplomats and limiting travel by other Russian nationals. The US, UK, France and Germany have all placed blame on the Kremlin, while the Kremlin has denied responsibility.

In addition to the expulsion of diplomats, new sanctions have been announced.

The New sanctions are to be imposed by Friday April 6. The sanctions are economic and designed to target oligarchs with ties to the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officials spoke about the sanctions on the condition of anonymity because authorization to discuss pending actions was not given.

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