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U.S., Allies Expel Scores of Russians in Response to Former Spy’s Poisoning

3/26/18
from The Wall Street Journal,
3/26/18:

Deepening rift between Moscow and the West raises tensions to levels not seen since the Cold War.

The U.S., Canada and more than a dozen European Union states expelled scores of Russian diplomats, intelligence officers and other officials Monday, as a deepening rift between Moscow and the West raises tensions to levels not seen since the Cold War. The ejections are a response to the poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter, an act that Western countries say was likely carried out by Moscow. The loss of the personnel could seriously hamper Russia’s ability to gather intelligence on the U.S. and its allies, and the Kremlin warned it would retaliate. Washington and its allies have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to assertive Kremlin moves, including military interventions in Ukraine and alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russian intervention in the war in Syria has also sparked unease in the West. The Kremlin has presented the confrontation as a campaign against Russian efforts to regain what it sees as its rightful place on the world stage, something that has boosted the popularity of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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