"We do not see this as a diplomatic act," Nauert told reporters in the Foreign Ministry shortly after Moscow announced the move.
The Trump administration announced Monday that it would expel 60 Russians over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia last month in the UK, which the US and its allies consider a violation of the International Chemical Weapons Convention by Russia , Russia has denied any involvement in the attack attributed to them by the British Government.
"Russia should not behave like a victim "Nauert said on Thursday. "The only victims in this situation are the two victims in the hospital in the UK and the people who can not go to the park, the medical workers, the first responders, who now need to be treated and carefully monitored because they may Do Contact With This Substance. "
According to a message from the US Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, Nauert said the Russian government is" not interested in a dialogue on issues of importance to our two countries " ,
She added that the US reserved the right to respond with additional measures and deplored the impact of the closure of the consulate on locally employed Russian employees.
"If Russia is worried about its economy, it would not take these measures because these people are being hurt," she said.
Nauert said about Russia's denial of involvement in the attack with nerve agent, "Russia is known for its disinformation campaigns, and I think that's another."
"They're asters of propaganda," she later said added that Russia is "politically isolating itself".