- The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2018

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell said Monday that Russia has shown a pattern of aggressive behavior that the administration will not tolerate.

“The Russian government has not been helpful in recent days with the United States, the international community in our efforts with North Korea. More broadly, I think there is a pattern of more aggressive Russian behavior worldwide,” Mr. Wess said on Fox News.

He said President Trump’s congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin is protocol and doesn’t have any greater meaning. The administration expelled 60 Russian intelligence officials Monday and closed the consulate in Seattle after an attack on a former double agent in England. The nerve agent attack was linked to Moscow officials.

• S.A. Miller contributed to this report.

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