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Kremlin Trashes Trump Administration's Expulsion of 60 Russian Diplomats, Pledges to Respond

28 Marcha 2018, 05:31 | Dolorita Barahona

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But this was a forced outlier, and not the norm, argues DW's Michael Knigge. One of Trump's main foreign policy goals when he took over was to improve relations with Russian Federation.

"We're already in a new cold war atmosphere, and it is likely to become worse because of U.S-Russian competition in Syria and USA attitudes toward North Korea and Iran". Skripal, a former double agent, was a Russian spy who also worked for Britain's MI6 in the "90s".

Why was this extraordinary? In all, more than 130 Russian diplomats have been affected affected so far, including 60 in the United States. Secondly, by punishing Russia, Mr Trump took a tough stance against the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"They're trying to develop a picture of how Washington works, who knows whom, that sort of thing".

- "Actually, I have never heard of anyone poisoned in Russian Federation".

USA officials have said the Trump administration still seeks to avoid a complete rupture in bilateral relations.

Greece, which initially blocked tougher European Union language blaming the Kremlin for the attack, has not yet declared its intentions but is not expected to take part.

After Britain declared it would remove 23 undeclared intelligence agents, the U.S. said it would kick out 60.

No, this has nothing to do with the American investigation into Russian meddling.

Mr Trump's critics sought to portray him as a reluctant actor in any get-tough approach to Russian Federation.

Skripal, a Russian military intelligence officer imprisoned by Moscow for passing on information about Russian agents in various European countries, came to Britain in a 2010 spy swap. Unfortunately, there is little indication of that. We are still left pondering what enables Mr. Putin to exercise apparent control over Mr. Trump.

What's more, the official White House press communique on the expulsions is very carefully worded.

The U.S. has long claimed that as a rule, it does not use certain jobs as cover for intelligence operatives, such as U.S. Agency for International Development workers and Peace Corps volunteers.

NATO's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg praised the synchronized response, saying Tuesday that "I actually think that Russian Federation has underestimated the unity of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies".

But Western officials made it clear in announcing the expulsions that they share Britain's assessment that only the Kremlin could have been responsible.



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