The United States is expelling two Russian diplomats from the embassy in Washington, according to the State Department, APA reports.
The expulsion is in response to Russia’s “specious expulsion of two U.S. Embassy Moscow diplomats” last month, a spokesperson said Friday, adding that the State Department reciprocated by expelling two "Russian Embassy officials operating in the United States.”
“The Department will not tolerate the Russian government’s pattern of harassment of our diplomats,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “The Department’s actions send a clear message that unacceptable actions against our Embassy personnel in Moscow will have consequences.”
Last month, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller warned that the US would respond to the expulsion of two US diplomats from Russia “expeditiously.”