President Trump officially expelled over 60 Russian agents Monday morning; shuttering a Seattle consulate and booting the Kremlin-backed diplomats over Vladimir Putin’s illegal assassination plot on British soil last week.
The United States and its European allies announced the joint decision in response to Russia’s use of a deadly nerve agent to eliminate a former spy earlier this month; the first use of a chemical weapon on European soil since the end of the Second World War.
According to Yahoo News, the diplomats will have just seven days to leave the US.
“With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make clear to Russia that its actions have consequences,” said a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The move comes just days after the United Kingdom expelled 23 Russian agents from its borders; following a heated exchange between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian government denies any responsibility for the attack; demanding to see evidence from British officials.