Russia To Expel 60 US Diplomats, Close US Consulate In St. Petersburg

This is why it's called tit-for-tat.

The Kremlin had vowed to retaliate against the "provocative gesture", denying it had any role in the attack; and now it has.

Just days after Trump announced he - together with much of the Western world - would expel 60 Russian diplomats from the US, and close the Russian consulate in Seattle, moments ago the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry.

Huntsman was given notice that Russia is responding quid pro quo to the U.S. decision to order 60 Russian diplomats out.

Lavrov said Moscow will also retaliate to the U.S. decision to shut the Russian consulate in Seattle by closing the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg.

Earlier this week, Haaretz reports that the Russian Embassy in the United States tweeted a poll quickly after the U.S. announcement asking which U.S. consulate they should close in retaliation. Forty-seven percent of the responders said the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg should be closed.

However, that is just the response to Washington. In total, dozens more Russian diplomats were expelled from numerous other nations:

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And Lavrov said the same approach will be applied to other nations that expelled Russian diplomats this week.

Comments

Looney Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:11 Permalink

 

The poisoning of the Skripals occurred on March 4 – 25 days ago.

Since then, the UK government has come up with FIVE “irrefutable” theories:

1. The Skripals were poisoned at the restaurant.

2. They were poisoned on the park bench where they were found unconscious.

3. The Nerve Agent was brought in Julia Skripal’s luggage.

4. The poison was introduced through the car’s vents.

5. And now, the Skripals were poisoned at the front door of their apartment.

Let me see… It took HALF of Scotland Yard and 25 days to come up with 5 mutually exclusive theories - a new set of “facts” every 5 days!!! BTW… the other half of Scotland Yard is zealously guarding Julian Assange.

Anyway… I don’t need 25 days to come up with 5 plausible scenarios:

1. The nerve agent was introduced by the Russians through the Polar Vortex.

2. The Russians smuggled the nerve agent in the LNG tankers (maliciously sent to the UK to keep the Brits from freezing to death).

3. The Skripals were poisoned via a Novichok-laced post on the Russian Embassy’s Facebook page.

4. The Russians poisoned the cow that ended up as the two steaks that the Skripals ate that day.

5. The Russians delivered the nerve agent via a hypersonic missile tipped with a syringe.

Looney, Chief Pet-Detective, Scotland Yard   ;-)

EuroPox hedgeless_horseman Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:30 Permalink

If they were poisoned as they left home, how did they both collapse (presumably within seconds of each other) on a park bench 3 hours later?  

If, as we are told, the door was poisoned, how many people need to touch the outside of a door as they leave a house?  And how did they not contaminate their friend at the restaurant with whom they lunched?

The whole story is complete BS!

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CTacitus EuroPox Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:35 Permalink

If they were poisoned as they left home, how did they both collapse (presumably within seconds of each other) on a park bench 3 hours later? 

Scotland Yard: They were stuffed into the poisoned laden luggage in the home entrance and transported in a car up against the ventilation system and made a brief detour to the restaurant for a pick-up to-go order and finally taken out and placed on the park bench.

 

That should cover all of the angles ....

;)

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DeadFred GunnyHerd Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

62% chance this is Trump's real Russian collusion. I'm betting Trump and Vlad have made a deal to pretend they're about to go to war with each other. It is theater for the media to show there is no collusion. There wasn't any over the election but there is in the game to destroy the Deep State. 38% chance I'm wrong and we're heading for war.

Fibonacci told me about this.

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veritas semper… HowdyDoody Thu, 03/29/2018 - 18:37 Permalink

Read this article. Long ,but worth it.

70 Mil $ from Pentagon invested in Porton Down . Experiments on humans, like soldiers,London tube passangers,US Portland area and UK Lyme Bay,animal experiments.Bioweapons( Ebola,haemmorhagic fever,etc), sarin,sulfur mustard,etc.

Unbelievable evil.

https://southfront.org/salisbury-nerve-agent-attack-reveals-70-million-…

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not-me---it-wa… EuroPox Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:48 Permalink

as i recall from living in europa, solid wood doors with handles on the exterior, not doorknobs.  after leaving the house, would have to pull the door shut by the handle.

 

anyhoo, bbc has a cool map with timeline on their website, showing when they left home, drove to a pub, stopped for an hour to have dinner at a restaurant, then drove to a park where they were found 45 minutes later.  in total something like 4 hours between door contact and found on bench.

 

makes you wonder how the most lethal nerve agent on the planet, 5-8x more lethan than vx, will still allow you to drive a vehicle up to four hours after contact.  clever russians!

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GUS100CORRINA hedgeless_horseman Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:33 Permalink

Russia To Expel 60 US Diplomats, Close US Consulate In St. Petersburg

My response: This whole RUSSIAN BUSINESS is NOT going in a GOOD DIRECTION. The MICC and NEOCONS appear to be winning the game.

when 2017 began, i had real hope with Tillerson as SOS and Trump as POTUS that America could forge a new period of prolonged peace with RUSSIA.

But in the END, the MARXIST PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL POLICE STATE and NEOCONS would have none of it.

Truly sad that these same GOD-HATING PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL jackasses have no CLUE what they are doing.

GOG/MAGOG conflict as described in Ezekiel 38-39 now in play. Psalm 83 conflict also looks like it is getting ready to be fulfilled as well.

Truly sad that US-RUSSIA relations are taking a turn for the worse.

By the way, this MUELLER INVESTIGATION BULLSHIT needs to come to an end ASAP like very soon.
 

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Blankone FoggyWorld Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:57 Permalink

Yes he is, in case some people thought you were joking. Here are some others.
President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton, former secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger, Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, media mogul Rupert Murdoch as well as the editorial boards of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. The prince will give interviews to both Time and Vanity Fair magazines.

Before the crown prince finishes his U.S. tour, traveling on to Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, he is scheduled to meet with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser Jared Kushner.

The Saudi prince’s itinerary also includes meetings with Barack Obama, John Kerry, General David Petraeus and Condoleezza Rice. He will also visit George W. Bush’s Texas ranch.

From the world of business, Crown Prince Mohammed will meet with Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Peter Thiel, as well as the heads of other multinational corporations while in the United States.

This fantasy that the head of the Saudi's is going to attack the petrodollar is just so very silly.

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PrometeyBezkrilov Blankone Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

I guess the deal for Saudis is to get away from the petro-dollar without country being destroyed by "liberation forces". I guess they would sell their oil to Rosneft and the Russians thru Gunvor will sell it for yuans and convert to gold. So the Saudis still maintain their support of petro-dollar, but the river of oil is diverted to a different exchange where proceeds could be converted to tangible assets rather than toilet paper.

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veritas semper… PrometeyBezkrilov Thu, 03/29/2018 - 18:51 Permalink

The Saudis are weighing their options.

especially after the last blunder with the Patriot defense system ,that failed to intercept modified Yemeni missiles, from 1950's Soviet era. Most Patriot did not function,some exploded in the air ,but what is even worse ,some made a U turn and hit Riyadh.

ZERO efficiency .

Now ,the Saudi either want a US system that can hit the Patriot missiles hitting Riyadh(LOL!) or to be allowed to buy Russian S-400.

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