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Trump considers expelling some Russian diplomats over poison attack: source | World

LEFT: US President Donald Trump in Bedminster, New Jersey, US August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files; CENTRE: Sergei Skripal, a former colonel of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, in Moscow, Russia. Kommersant/Yuri Senatorov via REUTERS; RIGHT: Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 19, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/POOL via Reuters

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is considering the expulsion of some Russian diplomats in the United States in solidarity with Britain over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England, a source familiar with the situation said on Sunday.

The move may be contingent on how European capitals respond to the nerve agent attack, the source said.

An announcement of the US decision could be made as early as Monday, the source said.

European Union (EU) member states agreed on Friday to take additional punitive measures against Russia for the nerve-agent attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, both of whom have been critical in the hospital since they were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in the city of Salisbury.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the US is considering how to respond but would not provide details.

“The United States stands firmly with the United Kingdom in condemning Russia’s outrageous action. The President is always considering options to hold Russia accountable in response to its malign activities. We have no announcements at this time,” he said.

Moscow has denied responsibility for the attack and has retaliated against Britain’s move to expel 23 Russians by ordering out the same number of Britons.

The US joined with Britain in blaming Russia for the attack.

Trump has sought to improve ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and last week in a phone call with Putin congratulated him his disputed re-election victory.

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