Today marks the biggest mass expulsion of Russian diplomats and intelligence agents ever. The US expelled 60 and closed the Seattle Embassy. Twitter buzz says there was a good reason for closing Seattle, that it was long overdue, but no one quite wants to go public yet with why. Hmm.
Fourteen EU counties plus others are expelling Russians too.
President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats the US identified as intelligence agents and the closure of a Russian consulate in Seattle in response to Russia’s alleged use of a nerve agent in the United Kingdom.
Of those being expelled, 48 of the alleged intelligence agents work at the Russian embassy in Washington and 12 are posted at the United Nations in New York.
The consulate closure and the expulsion of dozens of diplomats came on the heels of the UK’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats. Fourteen European Union member states also moved on Monday to expel Russian diplomats, European Council President Donald Tusk said.
According to Sky News (@SkyNewsBreak) on Twitter.
Ukraine is expelling 13 Russian diplomats,
Estonia is expelling the Russia defense attache.
Romania, Finland, and Croatia are expelling one Russian each.
Italy is expelling two.
Czech Republic three.