Russian diplomats expelled by US wave their national flag while leaving DC ...

Russian diplomats who were expelled from the US proudly lifted up their national flag as they left their embassy in Washington DC on Saturday. 

Two people sitting on the front of a bus bound for the airport were grinning as they held up the Russian flag for all to see. 

Sixty diplomats were expelled from the US in response to an apparent attempt to assassinate a former double agent in Britain with a nerve agent.  

Russian diplomats who were expelled from the US proudly lifted up their national flag as they left their embassy in Washington DC on Saturday

Russian diplomats who were expelled from the US proudly lifted up their national flag as they left their embassy in Washington DC on Saturday

Music played and a crowd waved the group goodbye as the bus left the driveway headed toward Dulles International Airport 

Music played and a crowd waved the group goodbye as the bus left the driveway headed toward Dulles International Airport 

About 50 men, women, and children left the hilltop embassy just after 1pm in a blue bus believed to be headed towards Dulles International Airport. 

The departing families brought with them bags and suitcases, some of which were loaded onto the bus with help from a small forklift vehicle. 

Music played and a crowd waved the group goodbye as the bus left the driveway.

A second bus was expected to leave about two hours later from the embassy site, which has a view across to the White House, the Pentagon and other US government buildings.

The departing families brought with them bags and suitcases, some of which were loaded onto the bus with help from a small forklift vehicle

The departing families brought with them bags and suitcases, some of which were loaded onto the bus with help from a small forklift vehicle

About 50 men, women and children left the hilltop embassy just after 1pm in a blue bus

About 50 men, women and children left the hilltop embassy just after 1pm in a blue bus

Washington this week joined a score of Britain's allies in expelling Russian diplomats in response to the attack, with over 150 in total now ordered out of the US, EU members, NATO countries and other nations.

The US said it was expelling 60 alleged Russian 'spies' posted around the country and at the Russian mission to the United Nations.  

Russia's consulate in Seattle will also be closed, but the total size of Russia's diplomatic footprint in the US might not shrink for long, because the expelled staff could be replaced, the US authorities have said.

'On March 31 all the diplomats who were declared persona non grata are flying home together with their families,' Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters.

In total, 171 people will leave the country, state news agency TASS reported Antonov as saying. 

The American flag has been removed from the US consulate in St. Petersburg, days after the Kremlin announced its shut down

The American flag has been removed from the US consulate in St. Petersburg, days after the Kremlin announced its shut down

In response, the US said there is 'no justification' for Russia's move to expel diplomats and the country should not act 'like a victim' 

In response, the US said there is 'no justification' for Russia's move to expel diplomats and the country should not act 'like a victim' 

Thomas Leary, the U.S. Consul General in St.Petersburg, centre, observes as goods are loaded onto a truck outside the U.S. consulate in St.Petersburg on Saturday

Thomas Leary, the U.S. Consul General in St.Petersburg, centre,

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