The decision on expulsion of American diplomats from missions in Moscow and Ekaterinburg demonstrates that Russia is not interested in dialogue with US. This was at a briefing in Washington on March 29, said the official representative of the Department of State Heather Nauert. The recording of the briefing posted on the YouTube channel, Donald Trump speeches & press conference.
«For the Russian response, no explanation. Our actions were entirely dictated by the attack on the United Kingdom, a British citizen and his daughter. Let me remind you, this is the first use of nerve agent «Beginner» in time of peace, on the territory of our ally,» said Neuert.
In her opinion, the 28 partner countries of great Britain took the correct decision on expulsion 153 «Russian spies» of diplomatic missions.
«I understand that Russia is planning to take retaliatory action against 28 countries had expressed solidarity with Britain. A continuation of the path of self-isolation, launched a denial of involvement in the chemical attack. We study the details taken by the Russian measures and we reserve the right to answer,» said Neuert.
On 29 March, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia announced the expulsion 58 diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and two of the Consulate General in Yekaterinburg. In addition, announced the closure of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg.
Moscow called this a response from the President of the USA of Donald trump deport 60 Russian diplomats and close the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle.
Thus States March 26, expressed its support for the UK in connection with the poisoning in Salisbury, the former employee GRU of the Russian Federation Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4, was hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning.
The investigation revealed that during the attack was used that was developed in Russia, a nerve agent, Novichok.
March 14, the British authorities announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats 23, and the suspension of the planned bilateral contacts with Russia.
March 17, Russia declared a persona non grata 23 British diplomats.
«We reserve the right to answer.» The state Department criticized Russia’s decision to expel American diplomats 30.03.2018