Trump ready to expel Russian diplomats from US over Skripal case

Trump ready to expel Russian diplomats from US over Skripal case
# 24 March 2018 17:30 (UTC +04:00)

Earlier, Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov told Sputnik that Moscow will retaliate in the event Washington decides to expel the country's diplomats in response to the alleged poisoning attack against former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

US President Trump is preparing to expel "dozens" of Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Bloomberg reported citing two sources familiar with the situation. The president made a decision on the move following recommendations from his aides, which were passed along to the president on Friday.

The aides decided to recommend the expulsion of diplomats at a National Security Council meeting on Wednesday. Trump has reportedly talked on the steps with several high profile officials, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster who has since been replaced by John Bolton.

"The United States stands firmly with the United Kingdom in condemning Russia’s outrageous action. The president is always considering options to hold Russia accountable in response to its malign activities. We have no announcements at this time," Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah was quoted by Bloomberg as saying on Saturday.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Russia was "highly likely" behind the poisoning of Skripal, as the nerve agent code-named Novichok found on the scene was developed in the USSR. London then expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation.

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