the American Ambassador in Russia John huntsman was called the expulsion of the US, Russian diplomats “the expulsion of security officers”. His statement was published in the Twitter the representative of the diplomatic mission.
“Today, President [Donald] trump announced the expulsion of representatives of special services of Russia from the USA along with the closure of its Consulate in Seattle. This is the largest expulsion of the Russian secret services in the history of the USA”, — stated in the message.
huntsman added that the decision was taken in connection with the involvement of Moscow in the poisoning in Britain of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal. “Today’s actions make the U.S. a safer place by limiting Russia’s ability to spy on American citizens and conduct secret activities that threaten national security,” — said the head of the diplomatic mission.
According to him, Washington is ready to cooperate and to develop better relations with Moscow, but “it would be possible only when Russia decides to be more responsible partner.”
Earlier, on March 26 the United States adopted the decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats in connection with the poisoning Skripal. It was reported that among them 12 employees mission to the UN, which he called “the Russian intelligence officers”. Also decided on the closure of the Consulate General in Seattle.
at the same time of the expulsion of staff members of diplomatic missions announced a number of European countries and Ukraine.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia was discovered unconscious in the Park in Salisbury on 4 March. As it turned out, they were poisoned with nerve agent. The Prime Minister, Theresa may, blamed the incident on Russia. Moscow denies all the accusations.