Trump Considers Expelling Diplomats From Russia Over Poison Attack

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Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, is considering the expulsion of some diplomats from Russia in the country in solidarity with the United Kingdom over the poisoning of a former spy from Russia in England, said a source who is familiar with the situation on Sunday.

The source said that the said move might be unexpected on how European capitals respond to the nerve agent attack.

The source said that the announcement of the decision of the United States could be made as early as Monday.

Last Friday, the member states of the European Union agreed to take some further punitive measures against Russia for the nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal, the the former Russian spy, and Yulia, his daughter. Both have been critical in the hospital since they were discovered to be unconscious on the 4th of March on a bench in the city of Salisbury.

Raj Shah, the White House spokesperson, said that the United States is currently considering how to respond. However, he would not provide more information regarding the matter.

He stated: “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.”

On the other hand, Moscow has denied responsibility for the said attack and has retaliated against the move of Britain to expel 23 Russians by ordering out the same number of Britons.

The United States joined with the United Kingdom in blaming Russia for the attack.

Trump has sought to improve the ties with Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. Last week in a phone call with Putin, he congratulated the Russian President for his disputed re-election victory.