Australia will expel two Russian diplomats due to the poisoning of Sergey Skripal, the former GRU agent and his daughter in the UK. It is claimed in the official statement of Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia.
‘Two Russian diplomats identified as undeclared intelligence officers will be expelled by the Australian Government for actions inconsistent with their status, pursuant to the Vienna Conventions. The two officials will be directed to depart Australia within seven days’, the message said.
According to the statement, Australia considers the actions of Russia as ‘reckless and constitute a growing threat to international security, global non-proliferation rules against the use of chemical weapons’.
Australia also reminded that it imposed anti-Russian sanctions in 2014 due to its aggression against in Ukraine.
Yesterday 20 countries of the world, including the US, Germany, Poland, France, Canada, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Albania, Latvia, Romania, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Hungary and Norway. Ukraine also joined the sanctions and claimed about the expulsion of 13 diplomats.