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Russia Expels US Diplomat Amid Ukraine Crisis

Earlier, the US expelled 12 members of the Russian diplomatic mission to the UN.

Moscow:

Russia on Wednesday said it expelled U.S. diplomats in response to Washington’s move to remove 12 Moscow envoys to the New York -based UN.

“On March 23, a note with a list of American diplomats declared ‘persona non grata’ was handed over to the head of the American diplomatic mission called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the ministry said in a statement.

The decision was taken in response to Washington’s expulsion of Russian diplomats at the UN in New York, the source said.

“The US has been given stern notice that any hostile action by the United States against Russia will be met with a firm and appropriate response,” the statement added.

The United States expelled 12 members of Russia’s diplomatic mission to the UN in early March amid an open crisis with Russia over Ukraine on “espionage” charges.

“The U.S. has informed the Russian Mission that we are beginning the process of expelling 12 intelligence cooperatives from the Russian Mission who have abused their privilege of residency in the U.S. by engaging in espionage activities detrimental to our national security,” the spokesman said. U.S. mission to the UN, Olivia Dalton, announced in a statement.

Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoli Antonov, denounced it as a “hostile move” by the United States, insisting that the action was the cause of “deep frustration and absolute rejection” in Moscow.

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