Moscow shut down the consulate and expelled 60 Americans in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the US expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats and the closing of its Seattle consulate.
The Americans given the heave-ho by Vladimir Putin’s government are among more than 150 Western diplomats tossed out of the country.
The dispute followed the poisoning in England of a former Russian spy and his daughter. The ex-secret agent, Sergei V. Skripal, is in critical, but stable, condition. His daughter, Yulia, is no longer in critical condition. The weapon was a deadly nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists during the Cold War.