US expels 60 Russians, closes consulate over Skripal poisoning

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were discovered unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in Salisbury, in southern England [Rex Features]
(Al Jazeera News) – US President Donald Trump has ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians as the diplomatic dispute between Russia and the UK intensifies over a spy poisoning case.

The United States – backing up its closest ally – also said on Monday it was closing the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Both are critically ill in a UK hospital after being poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent in the southern English city of Salsibury last month.

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Source: Al Jazeera News Online

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