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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Russia Responds Weakly to Expulsion of Its Diplomats
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
As expected, the response was tit-for-tat – 60 US diplomats expelled, as well as closure of Washington's St. Petersburg consulate, along with a mirror response to staff deported by other countries.
Days earlier, Moscow expelled 23 UK diplomats, responding in kind to British March 14 expulsions.
Separately on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova minced no words, saying "(w)e realize the strength of…London and Washington…pressure…and we don't have any doubts (that) they synchronized their actions in the NATO and EU formats" – forcing their allies to act in unison with them, adding:
"We do understand how inhumane that pressure was, as they exploited the principles of solidarity and implementation of a unified foreign policy course."
"London and Washingt
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