US shuts Seattle consulate in response to attack on former spy in Britain
New Delhi: The US on Monday expelled 60 Russian diplomats, describing them as intelligence officers and ordered the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle.
It comes days after Washington warned of retaliation for the use of nerve agent against a former Russian spy in the UK.
A dozen of these expelled diplomats are based at Russia’s Permanent Mission to the UN.
The White House said, all Russian diplomats, connected to the country’s intelligence agencies, and their families have been given seven days’ time to leave the country.
It said, this is in retaliation to the use of nerve agent against former spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, which blames Russia for the attack.
Moscow has denied these allegations. The United Kingdom has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats.
Germany, France and Ukraine have also announced they are each expelling Russian diplomats.