The Russian Federation flag flies in front of its embassy March 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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The United States said Monday it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, joining more than a dozen European nations in punishing the Kremlin for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.In total, Monday's announcements affected more than 100 Russian diplomats – the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War.All told, 18 countries were ousting more than 100 Russian spies, British Prime Minister Theresa May said, in addition to 23 already kicked out by the U.K.Canada, too, said it was taking action, kicking out four and denying three who have applied to enter the country.Almost all of the countries said publicly that the Russian diplomats they were expelling were actually spies.Russia's Foreign Ministry said "powerful forces" in the United States and Britain were behind a nerve agent attack, RIA Novosti agency reported.Russia has already ordered 23 British diplomats out of the country after Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats.
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