The United States has said that it could take further action against Russia’s decision to expel 60 American diplomats from the country in retaliation for a similar move by Washington over the alleged nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday that Russia’s expulsion of the American officials was “unwarranted,” arguing there was “no justification” for such an action.
“We reserve the right to respond,” Nauert said in a press briefing. “I’m not going to predict anything that could happen, but we certainly have the ability to respond.”
Russia’s decision to kick out diplomats from the US on Thursday came after the White House announced on Monday that Washington decided to shut down a Russian consulate in Seattle and deport the 60 Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK.
The expelled Russians, 12 of whom are accredited to the UN headquarters in New York,…