The Russian government retaliated against the Trump administration’s decision to expel dozens of Kremlin diplomats this week; booting at least 60 US agents after the White House accused Putin of carrying out an assassination plot on British soil.
According to the BBC, Russia is poised to deport 60 American diplomats and close the US consulate in St. Petersburg; escalating tensions between the Kremlin and NATO nations following the botched poison plot.
“More than 20 countries have expelled Russian envoys, in solidarity with the UK, which has blamed Moscow for the attack,” writes the BBC. “Russia has vehemently denied any role. [Former spy] Skripal remains in a critical but stable condition. His daughter’s condition is said to be improving.”
The move comes as tensions between the US and Russia ratcheted up in recent weeks after the special counsel’s office officially indicted 13 Kremlin-backed agents for interfering in the 2016 race for the White House.