Mar 27, 2018

By Jane Brown

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While there is backlash from the Russian embassy in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have solidified their alliance against Russian spies.

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump. (Reuters)

The two leaders spoke on the phone Monday night, after four Russians were kicked out of Canada and 60 booted out of the U.S. in a move to condemn the Kremlin’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.

A statement from the Russian Embassy in Canada’s capital calls the allegations “baseless” and the expulsions “highly deplorable and outrageous”.

And a top Russian diplomat says Moscow is preparing a “tough response” to Monday’s announcement by the United States that it is expelling 60 Russian diplomats.

Political commentator Michael Taube told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, it’s interesting that Donald Trump’s move to kick out 60 Russians comes soon after he congratulated Russian leader Vladimir Putin on his re-election.

“Within just a few days, Donald Trump’s attempt anyway to build a bridge with Russia, which he’s been trying to do since he became U.S. president and even before then, is obviously going to be gutted to some degree based on the fact that he had to go along with other western allies and punish the Russians for what they, even though they denied it, most likely did,” Taube explained.

Some two dozen western allies have taken similar action against dozens of Russian diplomats in their own countries.

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