Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

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A statement on the expulsion of Russian officials by Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert

Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 26, the Department of State announced its decision to expel 60 Russian officials from the United States, including 48 serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States and 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations. The United States will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018. 

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018.

The White House also released a statement on this decision:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley commented on the decision: 

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman also spoke about this decision (video in English): 

Editor’s Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.