U.S., allies band together to expel Russian diplomats

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March 26, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump at the APEC Summit Nov. 11 in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo by TASS/ ZUMA PRESS/METZEL MIKHAIL/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — From Washington to Warsaw, Western nations banded together Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accused of being spies, punishing Moscow for its alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain.

President Donald Trump, under constant political heat for his reluctance to challenge Russia, ordered 60 of its diplomats out of the U.S. — all of them spies, the White House said. The United States called it the largest expulsion of Russian spies in American history, and also shuttered Russia’s consulate in Seattle, deeming it a counterintelligence threat.

All told, at least 21 countries have ousted more than 135 Russians, including 23 kicked out earlier by the U.K.

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