18.03.27 Russia Expulsions

March 27, 2018

Russia Vows Retaliation

Twitter Poll Trolls US After Diplomats Expelled

“What US Consulate General would you close in Russia, if it was up to you to decide?”

Russia Embassy in US (@RusEmbUSA)

What Happened?


U.S. Expels 60 Russians

America joins nearly two dozen other nations in kicking out Russian diplomats.

‘…largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history” UK Prime Minister

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Why Now?

  • Response to poisoning of an ex-Russian spy & his daughter (UK citizens) on March 4th.
  • Allies of UK show united front against attack & use of chemical weapon (military grade poison).
  • Concerns about an emboldened Russia attacking on foreign soil.
  • Add into the mix: Russia’s aggression in Ukraine & Syria.

The New Cold War?

“Look, we want to work with Russia, but this type of an action cannot be tolerated. The United States is responding to Russia’s action a as I called it, brazen and reckless…You know, the ball is in their court with respect to how they want to respond.”

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, March 26, 2018

While important, this tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats isn’t new – It dates back to the *first* Cold War. Read More:

  • Russia’s Twitter Poll: https://twitter.com/EnglishRussia1/status/978345757932773378
  • U.S., several European nations expel Russian diplomats in response to ex-spy’s poisoning: www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-russia-diplomats-seattle-consulate-20180326-story.html
  • Trump administration expels 60 Russian officers, shuts Seattle consulate in response to attack on former spy in Britain: [https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-expels-60-russian-officers-shuts-seattle-consulate-in-response-to-attack-on-former-spy-in-britain/2018/03/26/8ada3d8e-30f0-11e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83story.html](https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-expels-60-russian-officers-shuts-seattle-consulate-in-response-to-attack-on-former-spy-in-britain/2018/03/26/8ada3d8e-30f0-11e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83story.html)
  • U.S., Allies Expel Scores of Russians in Response to Former Spy”s PoisoningThe U.S. and Russia have been expelling intelligence operatives in each other”s countries since the Cold War days.
    __In March 2001, the Bush administration expelled 50 diplomats after theA arrest of FBI agent Robert Hanssen, a counterintelligence expert who spied for Russia for more than 15 years. The Reagan administration ordered 80 Soviets to leave in 1986, to try to curb the then-Soviet Union”s spying operation.A More recently, the Obama administration kicked out 35 Russian diplomats and blocked Moscow”s access to two diplomatic compounds in response to Russia”s interference in the 2016 elections. In August 2017, the Trump administration closed Russia”s San Francisco consulate and two buildings in New York and Washington in response to Moscow”s move to reduce the size of the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia.https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-expels-60-russian-officials-over-poisoning-of-ex-spy-in-u-k-1522071201
  • Nerve Agent Found In U.K. Is Rare And Definitely Russian: https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/03/12/592964624/nerve-agent-found-in-u-k-is-rare-and-definitely-russian

by Jenna Lee,