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Before expulsions, a brick-by-brick hardening of US stance toward Russia

March 27th, 2018 at 1:42 pm by Ayush Rawal

US officials have said the Trump administration still seeks to avoid a complete rupture in bilateral relations. One official said Russian cooperation was still sought to address thorny diplomatic issues like North Korea and Iran.
America’s most sweeping expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War may have seemed like a dramatic escalation in Washington’s response to Moscow, but the groundwork for a more confrontational US posture had been taking shape for months — in plain sight.

While US President Donald Trump’s conciliatory rhetoric toward Moscow has dominated headlines, officials at the US State Department, Pentagon and White House made a series of lower-profile decisions over the past year to counter Russia around the world – from Afghanistan to North Korea to

Ayush Rawal March 27, 2018 1:42 pm

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