JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Recalls Its Ambassador to the U.S. for Consultations” – Wall Street Journal

Cropped File Photo of Anatoly Antonov with U.S. Flag, adapted from image at state.gov

“Moscow’s move follows a critical U.S. intelligence report about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.”

“… [Russian Ambassador to the United States] Anatoly Antonov[‘s] … summon[ing] to Moscow came … after a U.S. intelligence report … accus[ing] … Putin of … a wide-ranging influence operation to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election …. Antonov was … previously … deputy foreign minister … for military and political security. … [T]he … [U.S.] [in early March] imposed sanctions against Russia for trying to assassinate … File Photo of Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Adapted From Image at loc.govNavalny … a charge [the Kremlin] vehemently denies. … In 2018, the U.S. and Europe expelled more than 130 Russian diplomats for the [assassination] attempt … [on] Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. … [Russia retaliated] expelling U.S. and European diplomats and closing the [American] consulate in St. Petersburg.”

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