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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

President Trump Expels Russian Diplomats In Wake Of Spy Poisoning

U.S. President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 25, 2018, after returning from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In his toughest action against the Kremlin’s policies so far, President Trump is expelling 60 Russian diplomats for — quote — “destabilizing and aggressive actions.”
The Monday morning decision comes after the U.K also expelled several Russian officials as Moscow is being accused of poisoning a former Russian spy in the U.K.
The U.S. expulsion includes 48 members of the Russian embassy as well as 12 members of the Russian U.N. office. The U.S. is also closing the Russian consulate in Seattle.
The expelled individuals and their families now have seven days to leave the U.S.
This comes as President Trump seeks to reaffirm U.S. support for its NATO allies in Europe.
The move is expected to provoke a reciprocal response from Moscow, which has firmly denied its involvement and mar bilateral relations.
British authorities reopened at least 14 cases involving Russian exiles in the U.K., who died under suspicious circumstances over the past several years.
At the same time, her majesty’s cabinet has warned against an outbreak of Russophobia — both at home and abroad.
“We will want if we possibly can to continue communication, to continue to hold out the hand of friendship to the Russian people, because our quarrel is emphatically not with them,” said British Foreign Secretary Borris Johnson. “Our quarrel is not with the Russians, it is with Putin’s Kremlin.”
British officials insist the Salisbury incident was a rehearsal and similar attacks could take place elsewhere, including in the U.S.
Diplomats leave the Russian Embassy in London on March 20, 2018 after being expelled by Prime Minister Theresa May. (Frank Augstein / AP)
Additionally, London pointed out the Kremlin is testing the response to the attack from the U.K, U.S., and NATO to figure out a path forward to mitigate the threat to overseas bank accounts, real estate, and other assets of key allies of the Putin government.
“Vladimir Putin is a cost benefit analyzer,” said Senator Marco Rubio. “He is now going to weigh the costs and the benefits of the action he took, and if the benefits outweigh the cost he will do it again — he could do it again here inside the United States.”
The cooling in the U.S.-Russian relations in recent years comes after decades of massive capital outflow from Russia into countries such as Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S. –conducted by corrupt Russian officials and oligarchs.
The overall volume of corruption money off-shored from Russia is estimated at as much as two trillion dollars.
Putin’s government seeks to safeguard its ill-gotten gains amid the diplomatic rift with the rest of Europe and the U.S., caused by the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimean Peninsula back in 2014 and the subsequent war with Ukraine.
While the British officials have reportedly contacted multiple Russian exiles in the country to discuss their safety, the Trump administration is in the midst of charting a new course of its foreign policy. These actions are being led by incoming State Secretary Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Bolton urged a “strong response” to the Kremlin’s policies — exacerbating the concern amongst the Kremlin officials over the safety of their overseas assets.
Foreign policy experts warn the diplomatic standoff might provoke an outbreak in covert activities and intelligence operations aimed at mutual containment, making a case for President Trump to take further action to improve America’s national security.

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