Klimkin offers 23 ousted British diplomats work in Ukraine

The servicemen who used to work in Russia were sacked after the diplomatic scandal, caused by the high-profile spy poisoning case
08:40, 19 March 2018

Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin offered his British colleague Boris Jonson to employ British diplomats in Ukraine - after they were sacked in Russia. The Ukrainian official posted that on Twitter.

'I offer Boris Jonson to employ 23 British diplomats in Kyiv, restoring the work of consulate section: Ukrainians will be glad to receive British visas fast and without the necessity to turn to Warsaw (currently, this process involves the British consulate in Poland - 112 International)', he wrote.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry ruled that 23 diplomatic officers of British Embassy in Moscow 'are declared personae non-gratae and are expelled from the country within a week'. Regarding the disparity between both countries’ consular institutions, Russia withdrew its consent to establish British Consulate General in Saint Petersburg. The representatives of Russia’s Foreign Ministry added that the British Council is not anymore functioning in Russia.

Related: Britain accuses Russia of stockpiling Novichok for ten years

Earlier, Theresa May claimed that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Sergei Skripal’s poisoning. Later, Great Britain officially confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.

Official London called the incident “indiscriminative and irresponsible attack on the UK, after which innocent civilians ran the risk,” Russian Foreign Ministry considers British accusations a provocation, which disrupts dialogue with Great Britain.

Related: Expulsion of British diplomats from Russia doesn't change London's position on Skripal case

Later, Britain decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, Britain will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason.

As we reported earlier, Sergey Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, and his daughter were poisoned in British Salisbury. Britain believes, that he was poisoned by Andrey Lugovoy, Duma deputy, who acted under the order of Russia’s government.

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