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Trump wants other countries to send Russian diplomats home, Turkey says 'no'

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Trump encourages other countries to join expulsion of Russian diplomatsrnUS President Donald Trump spoke with many foreign leaders and encouraged them to join the United States in the expulsion of Russian diplomats, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said during the briefing.

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He also said that the U.S. wants to cooperate with Russia. "Our relationship with Russia is, frankly, up to the Russian government and up to Vladimir Putin and others in senior leadership in Russia.

"We want to have a cooperative relationship. The President wants to work with Russia, but their actions sometimes don’t allow that to happen," he said.

On March 26, US authorities have decided to expel 60 Russian diplomats and close the Russian consulate in Seattle.

The diplomats being expelled from the US include 48 embassy staff and 12 members of Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

In turn, Germany, Canada, Poland and France have decided to expel four diplomats each, Lithuania and the Czech Republic - three each, Australia, Albania, Denmark, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands - two each, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Finland, Croatia , Sweden and Estonia - one each, while Ukraine decided to send away 13 Russian diplomats.

Turkey will not take any actions against Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said after a cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara.

"There is currently positive and good relations between Turkey and Russia. In this sense, Turkey is not planning on taking any decisions against Russia," Hurriyet Daily cited Bozdağ as saying.

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