Russia’s ambassador to the United States slammed the Trump administration’s recent expulsion of 60 Kremlin diplomats earlier Monday; saying the White House made a “grave mistake” by ejecting the foreign agents and shuttering its consulate in Seattle.
According to the New York Post, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov called the move a “very bad step,” adding the United States “will understand what kind of grave mistake they did and I hope that maybe in the future our relations will be restored.”
Amb. Antonov warned the Trump administration of an “adequate response” in the coming days.
The war of words between the US and Russia escalated this week after the United States sided with its European allies and blamed Moscow on the recent nerve agent attack targeting a former spy on British soil; the first since attack since the end of World War II.
The expulsion of the Russian diplomats comes as the UK deports at least 23 foreign-agents as the fallout between the NATO allies and the Kremlin continues.