U.S. expels 60 Russian diplomats over UK nerve agent attack

WASHINGTON, The U.S. announced Monday that it will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States, in response to Russia’s “outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law.” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that it also has begun “the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States.” She added “we will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018.” “We take these actions to demonstrate our unbreakable solidarity with the United Kingdom, and to impose serious consequences on Russia for its continued violations of international norms,” she stressed.

She added that the U.S. calls on Russia “to accept responsibility for its actions and to demonstrate to the world that it is capable of living up to its international commitments and responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council to uphold international peace and security.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency