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 attempted to murder a British citizen & his daughter w/ military-grade nerve agent on British soil. We stand in unbreakable solidarity w/ #UK. Today, we will expel 60 Russians from its bilat mission & mission to UN, & require Russia to close Seattle consulate. pic.twitter.com/S2wLjnZdDH— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) March 26, 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 United States calls on #Russia to accept responsibility for its actions and to demonstrate to the world that it is capable of living up to its int'l commitments and responsibilities as a member of the UNSC to uphold int'l peace and security. https://t.co/hqb2rNH15G pic.twitter.com/j4tLhsInG1— Department of State (@StateDept) March 26, 2018
The White House also released a statement on this decision:
Statement on Expulsion of Russian intelligence officers. pic.twitter.com/4uCzMOMG3f— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 26, 2018
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley commented on the decision:
Ambassador Nikki Haley: “Here in New York, Russia uses the United Nations as a safe haven for dangerous activities within our own borders. Today, the United States and many of our friends are sending a clear message that we will not stand for Russia’s misconduct.” pic.twitter.com/6Z6AQIIN4m— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) March 26, 2018
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman also spoke about this decision (video in English):
Statement by Ambassador Huntsman on the expulsion of Russian intelligence officers: pic.twitter.com/RvMzCbPzZu— Maria Olson (@USEmbRuPress) March 26, 2018
Editor’s Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.