WASHINGTON (AP) The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats today and ordered Russias consulate in Seattle to close, as the United States and European nations sought to jointly punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.
Senior Trump administration officials said all 60 Russians were spies working in the U.S. under diplomatic cover, including a dozen at Russias mission to the United Nations. The officials said the administration was taking the action to send a message to Russias leaders about the unacceptably high number of Russian intelligence operatives in the U.S
The expelled Russians will have seven days to leave the U.S, said the officials. They werent authorized to be identified by name and requested anonymity. They added that the Seattle consulate is a counter-intelligence concern because of its proximity to a U.S. Navy base.
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