On Saturday, Bloomberg reported citing two people familiar with the matter that US President Donald Trump was preparing to expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the United States over the Skripal case and is expected to announce the measure on Monday to show solidarity with London that had accused Moscow of complicity in the incident.
"In recent days the American media at the suggestion of Russophobic circles in Washington has launched another large-scale anti-Russian campaign… The White House still has time to prevent negative aftermath of this fake story from happening for the sake of all little positivity left in the Russian-American relations. Russia U.S. relations are so multi-layered. Strategic stability of the entire world depends on it. They should not be taken hostage by such clearly staged stories," the statement said.
"In this situation we see a unique opportunity for the Washington Administration being the number one ally of Downing-Street. In these troubled days the smaller partner requires help and guidance based on wise restraint more than ever," the press service of the embassy said.
The statement added that the attempts to "punish" Russian would be "parried tit-for-tat."
Help London. Calm Downing Street.— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) March 26, 2018
Strategic stability of the entire world depends on Russia🇷🇺🇺🇸US relations. They should not be taken hostage by clearly staged stories
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On March 4, Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury and are currently being treated for exposure to what UK experts believe to be the A234 nerve agent. The UK side claimed that this substance was related to the Novichok-class nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of orchestrating the attack and expelled 23 Russian diplomats as a punitive measure.
On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry organized a briefing for foreign ambassadors accredited in Russia to inform them of Russia's official position on the Skripal case. During the briefing the senior officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and Industry and Trade Ministry dismissed unfounded allegations against Russia and stressed that all chemical weapons stockpiles in Russia had been completely destroyed in September 2017, which had been then confirmed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).