The US has moved to expel 60 Russian diplomats and has ordered the closure of Russia’s consulate in Seattle. This follows a move earlier in the year which saw a Russian consulate in San Francisco shut down and its property confiscated by US authorities. The move comes as Donald Trump is under fire for his involvement with the criminal data mining firm Cambridge Analytica and comes hours after a former pornographic entertainment worker told US media about an adulterous relationship she had with Donald Trump. Furthermore, this has occurred on the same day that China’s Petroyuan has launched on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange.
Top stories being buried by Russian diplomatic expulsions
1. China launches Petroyuan
2. Scores of children burnt alive in shopping centre inferno in Siberia
3. Cambridge Analytica continues to meddle in democracy
4. Turkey and Iraq to go after PKK
5. Trade war sinks markets
— Adam Garrie (@adamgarriereal) March 26, 2018
Breaking: US to expel 48 Russian embassy workers in Washington, D.C. and 12 at the Russian mission to the U.N. U.S. says they were intel officers using diplo status as cover. pic.twitter.com/mRuwY8Tes6
— Patrick Tucker (@DefTechPat) March 26, 2018
According to a statement from the White House, the expulsions are linked to non-evidenced accusations from Britain which blame the alleged poisoning of two Russian nationals on British soil on the Russian government. The statement from the White House also claims that the reason for ordering the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle is due to its proximity to a US submarine base and the headquarters of the aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
The announcement comes as Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Czechia, Denmark, Italy, France, Estonia and Latvia also expelled Russian diplomats in-line with their interpretation of the anti-Russian narrative of the British regime. In recent days, Donald Trump spoke of his desire to have a face to face meeting with Vladimir Putin in order to avoid an arms race. It is unclear if such a meeting can now take place due to the heightened atmosphere of hostility in the US and its allies towards Russia.
It is notable that none of the countries who expelled Russian diplomats have commented on a tragic Siberian inferno that has claimed the lives of over 60 Russians. Most of the victims were children.