US says two Russian officials expelled after US diplomat attacked

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WASHINGTON: The United States has expelled two Russian officials over an attack on a US diplomat in Moscow last month by a policeman, the State Department said. The news comes after complaints from Washington about what it deemed a mounting campaign of harassment and intimidation of American diplomats and their families in the Russian capital. department spokesman John Kirby said. “The action was unprovoked and it endangered the safety of our employee. The Russian claim that the policeman was protecting the embassy from an unidentified individual is simply untrue,” department spokesman John Kirby said. Kirby on Friday said Russian security services had “intensified their harassment against US personnel in an effort to disrupt our diplomatic and consular operations.”

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