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Russian diplomats expelled by US take off from New York for Moscow

Russian diplomats expelled by the US leave New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for Moscow in a Russian government plane.

“This plane will return to their homeland Russian diplomats, whom the US Government has declared persona non grata,” says Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, according to CNN.

The US Mission to the UN late last month called the 12 diplomats “intelligence operatives” that were exploiting their positions for espionage.

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