Response to US expulsions may be symmetrical but does not mean Skripal crisis is being contained

Russia’s announcement that it will expel 60 US diplomats and close the American consulate in St Petersburg was a predictable and symmetrical response to the surprisingly tough decision by Washington to throw out 60 Russian diplomats, but left unanswered the question over how far the deterioration in western diplomatic relations with Moscow has yet to descend.

The fallout from the attempted poisoning of the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal has a pas de deux quality about it with both sides appearing to know the next steps.

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