The Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., asked Twitter users which U.S. diplomatic facility it should close in response to the Trump administration’s decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the alleged poisoning a former spy in the United Kingdom.
“US administration ordered the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle @GK_Seattle. What US Consulate General would you close in @Russia, if it was up to you to decide.”
The poll included three options including U.S. missions in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinbug, and Vladivostok.
Monday’s Twitter poll comes hours after the Trump administration announced that it would expel Russian diplomats in response to the alleged poisoning of a former spy in the UK. The U.S. also announced it is closing the Russian consulate in Seattle.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. would like to improve relations with Russia, but called for a “change in the Russian government’s behavior”:
“With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make clear to Russia that its actions have consequences. The United States stands ready to cooperate to build a better relationship with Russia, but this can only happen with a change in the Russian government’s behavior.”
Russia has denied that it poisoned the former spy, and claims that the attack was fabricated by British authorities to further anti-Russian sentiment.