NEWSWATCH: “The Russian expulsions are a good first step. But only a first step.” – Washington Post Editorial

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“The United States joined with 19 other countries Monday in what was described as the largest-ever collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers. … the biggest: Sixty officials with diplomatic status … ordered out of the [United States] and the Russian consulate in Seattle was closed. … a needed response to the nerve-agent attack on a former spy and his daughter inside Britain – the latest audacious act of aggression by the regime of … Putin. But because they do not touch … Putin’s real power base, he will probably shrug them off. Russia’s espionage apparatus in the West is huge …. … some 135 Russian officials have been ordered out of 21 countries …. This could deal a temporary blow to Russian intelligence services. …”

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