USA: Expulsion of diplomats reduces 'Russian ability to spy on Americans' — WH Deputy Press Sec.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said the US decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats from the country following the Skripal case would reduce «Russia's ability to spy on Americans,» speaking from the White House in Washington DC on Monday. Despite the expulsions, the US wanted to have a «cooperative relationship» with Russia, Shah said. «The ball is on their court with respect to how... Еще they want to respond,» Shah continued. Shah called the expulsion of Russian diplomats by the US and 14 EU member states a «coordinated effort.» «We think that this is not just an important message to send to the Russian government, but it's also significant in degrading their intelligence capabilities around the world,» Shah said. The US and 14 EU member states decided to expel Russian diplomats following the poisoning of the ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain's Salisbury.

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