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Trump speaks with Western leaders on expulsion of Russian diplomats

By fnf desk | PUBLISHED: 28, Mar 2018, 10:37 am IST | UPDATED: 28, Mar 2018, 10:37 am IST

Trump speaks with Western leaders on expulsion of Russian diplomats

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke with leaders of France and Germany on the expulsion of Russian diplomats.

Earlier on Monday, he also spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to coordinate stances on the issue.

The White House said Trump spoke with French President Emmanual Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier on Tuesday.

The three nations on Monday announced to expel Russian diplomats over the poising attack of former Russian double agent Skripal and his daughter in Britain's southwestern city of Salisbury on March 4.

In his call with Macron, Trump and the French top leader expressed support for the West's "strong response" to the Russia-related incident, including the expulsion of a large number of Russian intelligence officers on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the call Trump also stressed the need to intensify cooperation with Turkey with respect to shared strategic challenges in Syria.

In a separate call with Merkel Trump reaffirmed with her the cooperative relationship between the two countries.

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