Trump Will Let Russia Replace Expelled Diplomats

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Trump Will Let Russia Replace Expelled Diplomats
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:06:08 PM »

The move is a standard practice after expulsions occur and the size of missions isn’t reduced.

According to a new report this morning, President Donald Trump is going to allow Russia to replace the diplomats who were recently expelled by the State Department over its alleged involvement in the Skripal nerve agent poisoning.

The Hill reports that such a move isn’t unprecedented, and will result in reciprocal replacements of expelled American diplomats in Russia. It quoted a State Department spokesman, who said:

“The Russian Federation has not informed us that it intends to reduce the total number of personnel allowed in our bilateral Mission. We therefore understand that the United States may request new diplomatic personnel to fill the positions of diplomats who have been expelled …

“As with similar incidents in the past, the Russian government remains free to request accreditation for vacant positions in its bilateral mission.”

The U.S. expelled 60 Russians last week in response to the UK’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomatic employees. Russia’s Foreign Ministry took reciprocal action, expelling 60 Americans and 23 Britons.

This new development suggests no further escalation is likely in light of the UK’s struggle to maintain its accusation that only Russia could have been responsible for the nerve agent attack.

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