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Breaking: Russia expels 60 US diplomats, close a US consulate

Russia has expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the St Petersburg consulate in response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the UK.

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The moves were announced by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Saint Petersburg in a tit-for-tat expulsion over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal.

Lavrov said that the US ambassador had been informed of “retaliatory measures”, saying that “they include the expulsion of the equivalent number of diplomats and our decision to withdraw permission for the functioning of the US consulate general in Saint Petersburg”. Washington earlier ordered the expulsion of 60 diplomats and shut down the Russian consulate general in Seattle.


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