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Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov attends a 2015 news conference in Moscow, Russia. Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian ambassador says U.S. expulsion of his nation’s diplomats is ill-considered

Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. says Washington’s decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain is destroying what is left of Russia-U.S. ties.

Anatoly Antonov denounced the U.S. move as ill-considered and provocative and said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow will make an “adequate” response.

He said Monday that the U.S. is “ruining what is left of Russian-U.S. ties,” adding that Washington will bear responsibility for the consequences.

Britain has blamed Russia for the March 4 poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, accusations Moscow has fiercely denied.

In a show of solidarity with Britain, the U.S. and the EU have announced expulsions of Russian diplomats.

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