American diplomats move out of St. Petersburg consulate

Ns News Online DeskNs News Online Desk: Saturday was moving-out day for US diplomats assigned to the American consulate in St. Petersburg.

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.

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