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White House backs UK decision to expel Russian diplomats
15 March, 2018
The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said the diplomats, who have a week to leave, were identified as "undeclared intelligence officers".

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Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The White House says it "stands in solidarity" with "its closest ally" the UK and supports its decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats.

In the
statement, Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders said the US wanted to ensure "this kind of abhorrent attack does not happen again".

She described the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Britain as "a just response".
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Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders

"This latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behaviour in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes," she said.

Moscow continues to deny any involvement in the attack.

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