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A mysterious Russian plane that captivated Twitter watchers as it flew across the Atlantic ocean this morning has arrived in the United States to pick up 13 expelled Russian diplomats, according to flight tracking information and the State Department.
The plane, an Ilyushin Il-96, left Moscow en route to St. Petersburg on Friday night and arrived at Dulles airport outside Washington at 2:10 p.m. eastern time on Saturday. It is unclear what time it will depart back to Russia
originally posted by: noscopebacon
a reply to: dashen
it happens all the time, we trade them for our spy or spys that have gotten captured and I'm sure with what's going on a few may have been captured(us spys that is)
this has been going on before the cold war
* - CBS News: The Biden administration allowed a Russian plane to land to bring back Russian diplomats to the United Nations who had been expelled on spying charges (23 Russian diplomats at the UN were expelled for espionage).