Russia Fires Back On US-Expulsion Of 60 Russian Diplomats: “The US Only Understands Force”

As previously reported by TGP, President Trump expelled 60 Russian diplomats that the US considers spies and ordered the closure of Russia’s Seattle-based consulate. These expulsions mark the strongest move against Russia under President Trump. These orders come after the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

Monday afternoon, Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to Washington, promised revenge for the action. Antonov stated that with these expulsions the US is “destroying what little is left” of Russian relations. He warned of swift retaliation stating that the US “only understands force.” Russia’s foreign ministry doubled down on condemnation of the countries participating in the expulsions of Russian diplomats, calling them “puppets of the British authorities.”

Update: RIA Novosti reports an unnamed foreign ministry official protested the decision by EU, NATO nations to expel envoys, and  confirmed that Russia will respond to each country expelling diplomats, warning that the “expulsions won’t go unanswered.”

“Unfriendly” action won’t be left unanswered.

U.K.’s allies are “blindly following” principle of Euro-Atlantic unity at the expense of common sense.

Additionally, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said that, with regard to the US response, “US only understand force.”

“I mentioned in my statement in the State Department that I consider these actions counterproductive,” Antonov said.

“I said that the United States took a very bad step by cutting what very little still remains in terms of Russian-American relations.”

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